Motorcyclist loses part of leg in Steuben County crash

STEUBEN CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Police in Steuben County say that a motorcyclist lost part of his leg in a crash on Tuesday.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says that two vehicles were involved in the crash with his motorcycle at SR 120 and 125 E in Fremont Township. Following the crash, a nurse in a separate vehicle stopped to apply aid to the motorcyclist and was able to make a tourniquet for his leg. According to the Sheriff’s Office, he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Right now, police do not suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash but are still investigating.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office released the following:

On July 20, 2021, at approximately 4:26 PM, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of SR 120 and 125 E located in Fremont Township in Steuben County for a personal injury crash. Upon arrival Deputies determined a Harley Davidson motorcycle, being operated by Cody J. Ormsbee, age 28, of Fremont, Indiana, had been eastbound on SR 120 attempting to turn left onto 125 E. A 2018 Dodge Journey, being operated by Ericka J Pillitiere, age 32, of Fremont, Indiana, had also been eastbound on SR 120 behind Ormsbee.

Ormsbee was either still slowing down, or stopped near the intersection when Pillitiere, sideswiped the right side of the motorcycle. Pillitiere stated she never observed the motorcycle.

After striking the motorcycle, Pillitiere came to a stop east of the intersection off the roadway on the south side of SR 120. Ormsbee was ejected off the motorcycle and landed on the roadway. The motorcycle was pushed into the westbound lane of SR 120 where it was struck by a westbound 2014 Hyundai Elantra, being operated by Paul J Federspiel, of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The motorcycle came to rest in the westbound lane of SR 120, while the Elantra came to rest off the northside of the roadway on SR 120.

As a result of the crash, Ormsbee’s right leg was severed just below the knee. Ormsbee was able to stand up and hobble off the roadway towards another vehicle which had been eastbound on SR 120 following Pillitiere. The vehicle had stopped to render aid. The driver of the vehicle, a nurse, applied a tourniquet to Ormsbee’s leg to stop the bleeding.

Ormsbee was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne via Samaritan Helicopter where he is in stable condition.

Pillitiere and Federspiel were wearing seatbelts and were uninjured in the crash. Ormsbee was not wearing a helmet. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor at this time. SR 120 was shut down for approximately 2 ½ hours while the crash was investigated.

Assisting at the scene: Fremont Police Department, Steuben County EMS, Fremont Fire/Rescue, Angola Police Department, Samaritan Helicopter, Steuben County Communications, and the Indiana Department of transportation.

The crash remains under investigation.