Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Bike Crash Mars Ride to Promote Safety ; 3 Hurt; Pence Not Involved

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Bike Crash Mars Ride to Promote Safety ; 3 Hurt; Pence Not Involved

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INDIANAPOLIS - Four of an estimated 500 participants in a motorcycle ride led by Gov. Mike Pence on Friday to promote motorcycle safety were involved in a crash involving four bikes on Indiana 356 east of Lexington, Indiana. Three of the four were injured, with two of them flown to a Louisville, Kentucky, hospital. The fourth person wasn't injured, according to Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault.

The incident occurred before the riders made it to Madison, the final stop along their 141-mile route from Indianapolis.

Indiana State Police reported the chain reaction crashes occurred in a curve and that none of the injuries appeared life-threatening.

The crashes occurred as Brenda S. Lynch, 62, from Indianapolis, driving a 2004 Harley Davidson, ran off of the roadway on the right side, according to state police. Larry P. Lahue, 66, of Indianapolis, driving a 2002 Harley Davidson, then ran off the roadway and crashed due to locking up his brakes after Lynch crashed. James R. Thomas, 70, from Richmond, Indiana, driving a 1994 Harley Davidson, said he just ran off of the roadway trying to make the turn. John R. Herr, 60, from Straughn, Indiana, driving a 2008 Harley Davidson, hit driver Lahue's motorcycle, which was partially in the roadway after he crashed.

Pence had kicked off the ride Friday morning at the Indiana Statehouse. The annual ABATE of Indiana ride began in the 1980s but 10 years ago became the governor's ride during the administration of former Gov. Mitch Daniels, a motorcycle devotee. The ride raises money to help Indiana National Guard families facing financial hardship.

An estimated 500 members of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education, a nonprofit organization that promotes safety and awareness of motorcycles, were participating in the ride. Earlier stops along the route included Pence's hometown of Columbus, as well as Seymour. …

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