ISP investigating fatal motorcycle crash on US33 in Churubusco

CHURUBUSCO- At the request of the Noble County Sheriff, crash investigators from the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post were called to investigate a motorcycle crash that occurred last night in Churubusco that claimed the life of an Albion man.

Prior to the crash, at approximately 7:16 pm, it was reported that an officer with the Noble County Sheriff’s Department was pursuing a motorcycle southbound on CR900E in Whitley County headed towards Churubusco.  The pursuing officer had terminated his pursuit prior to coming into the town of Churubusco, but the motorcycle continued southbound on US33 from Line Street at a high rate of speed. 

According to the preliminary crash investigation, at approximately 7:25 pm, the involved motorcycle, a 2022 Kawasaki ER6 café style motorcycle, was traveling southbound on US33 at a high rate of speed when it failed to avoid a Jeep SUV that was stopped in the center turn lane on South Main Street (US33) near McCoy Avenue waiting to turn left into a business parking lot.

The motorcycle impacted the rear of the Jeep and then burst into flames. The motorcycle driver, identified as Kyle James Garrett, 37, of Albion, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Whitley County Coroner.  Fortunately, the driver of the Jeep, Lance Wilson, 37, of Fort Wayne, and his three passengers were all uninjured.

Speed was the primary factor.  The investigation has not yet revealed whether alcohol or drugs were involved.  An autopsy has been scheduled by the Whitley County Coroner’s Office.

Family notifications have been made.

This is an ongoing crash investigation.  No further information is to be released at this time.

Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by the Churubusco Police, Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Churubusco Smith Township Fire Department, Parkview EMS, Parkview Samaritan, the Whitley County Coroner, and Leatherman’s Towing.