Medical event suspected cause of Steuben County motorcycle crash

STEUBEN CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Authorities with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office say a motorcyclist had to be airlifted from the scene of a crash on Saturday afternoon.

Police say that witnesses reported that it appeared he was having a medical event before crashing in rural Steuben Township.

Officials with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office released the following:

On June 19th, 2021 just before 1:15 PM, Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a motorcycle crash with injuries on CR 500 S at the intersection of CR 225 W.

Initial crash investigation determined that 56 year old Alan B. Jones of Angola IN was traveling east on CR 500 S on a black 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle when the vehicle began to swerve back and forth before leaving the north side of the roadway and colliding with an embankment.

A witness to the crash who was following Jones reported they noticed Jones’ head move backwards and the motorcycle start to swerve before going off of the roadway. The witness indicated it appeared Jones may have been experiencing some sort of medical event just prior to the crash.

The witness along with other passersby told Steuben County Communications that Jones was not breathing after he crashed his motorcycle and they started CPR. Jones started breathing again prior to medical personnel arriving on scene. Jones was transported to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne by Samaritan helicopter for internal injuries to his head and chest. Jones was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and the roadway was dry and the skies were clear. At this time, alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash which remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. Assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene were the Indiana State Police, Steuben County EMS, Parkview Samaritan helicopter, and Pleasant Lake Fire Department.