(FREMONT) – The Indiana State Police are investigating a single-vehicle motorcycle crash that occurred in rural Steuben County over the weekend, critically injuring a Yoder man.
Saturday evening just before 8 p.m. Troopers responded to a report of a motorcycle crash on rural State Road 120 just south of County Road 700 North, near Snow Lake.
Arriving on scene, Trooper Dan Burkey found an injured motorcyclist laying on the ground off road near a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle, being tended to by several passerby’s.
The motorcycle operator, identified as 33-year-old David J. Mourey Jr, of Yoder, was initially stabilized and transported by Steuben County EMS personnel from the scene to a helicopter landing area.
Parkview Samaritan helicopter then flew Mourey to PRMC in Fort Wayne, where he was last listed in critical condition.
Trooper Burkey’s initial investigation of the crash scene revealed that Mourey had been traveling westbound on SR120, entering into the curve just south of the County Road 700N intersection. Mourey failed to negotiate the curve, rather his motorcycle left the roadway, with no evidence of braking or attempt to correct. Mourey and the motorcycle came to rest approximately 95 yards after leaving the roadway.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash. Chemical tests are pending. Mourey was not wearing a helmet, nor properly licensed to operate a motorcycle in Indiana. No charges have been filed at this time, as the crash remains under investigation. Once the investigation has completed, the information will be submitted to the Steuben County Prosecutor for review and determination of charges.
Burkey was assisted at the scene by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, Steuben County EMS personnel, Parkview Samaritan personnel, and Bill’s Towing service.