ISP Sellersburg investigating fatal Memorial Day crash

CAMPBELLSBURG – Troopers from Indiana State Police Sellersburg are investigating a fatal car versus motorcycle crash that occurred Monday evening on a rural county road in northwestern Washington County. 

Around 8:49 p.m., Indiana State Police, along with units from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Washington County EMS, and the Campbellsburg Fire Department, responded to a crash in the 7000 block of North White River Road. 

When units arrived, they found two vehicles, a green 2000 Suzuki motorcycle and a 2001 Mercury Mountaineer SUV, off the east side of the roadway.

The driver of the motorcycle, 31-year-old Jacob W. Lengel, of Salem, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the Mountaineer, a 17-year-old male from Campbellsburg, was not injured. 

An Indiana State Police crash reconstruction team was called to assist.  After a preliminary investigation, officers believe the motorcycle was southbound on White River Road and traveling at a high rate of speed.  Investigators say the bike went left-of-center after rounding a corner and cresting a hill.  Evidence at the scene indicates the driver of the northbound SUV attempted to avoid striking the motorcycle; however, both vehicles hit head-on on the east side of the roadway. 

Investigators remained on-scene until approximately 1 a.m. this morning.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash.

This crash is still under investigation.