Motorcycle Crash Claims Life Of Wolcottville Man

(STEUBEN CO.) – Shortly after 9:30 pm. Sunday night, Troopers from the Fort Wayne Post responded to a reported single vehicle motorcycle crash in the 5000 block of South West Fox Lake Road, west of Angola. 

Arriving on scene, Trooper’s located a 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle off road that had crashed into a utility pole.  The motorcycle operator, identified as 42-year-old James C. “Curtis” Dameron, of Wolcottville, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trooper Ben Walker’s preliminary investigation revealed that prior to the crash, Dameron had been traveling south on South West Fox Lake Road east of south Menges Road.  For an unknown reason Dameron failed to negotiate a slight curve in the road.  The motorcycle went down on its side and slid off the roadway. Dameron struck a guide wire prior to the motorcycle impacting a utility pole.  Dameron was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Excessive speed was not believed to be a factor, however alcohol use was suspected. Toxicology results are pending with the Steuben County Coroner’s office.

James “Curtis” Dameron served as a reserve officer with the Wolcottville Town Marshall’s Office since 2012, but had been on an administrative leave status since July of this year.  

Trooper Walker was assisted at the scene by Trooper Dan Burkey, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, Angola Police Department, Angola Fire Department, Steuben County EMS, Steuben County Coroner’s Office, and Bill’s Towing service.

The crash incident remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Steuben County Coroner’s Office.