WHITLEY COUNTY — One person died, another person was in possibly serious condition following two crashes in Whitley County during the weekend.
Arthur M. Smead, 77, Churubusco, died from injuries after his vehicle was struck by a semitractor/trailer, at 8:22 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The crash occurred at US 33 and CR 550E.
A 53-year-old male from Marion suffered unknown head and internal injuries along with a fractured right arm and leg following a motorcycle/truck crash at 9:09 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. This crash was on SR 205. Whitley County officials have not released the Marion resident’s name.
According to information released by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Saturday morning’s crash involved Smead, who was driving a 2014 Ford southbound on CR 550E, and a 2007 Peterbuilt driven by Gerald Lee Enyeart, 59, North Manchester, heading northwest on US 33. Police report Smead drove his vehicle into the path of Enyeart’s semitractor/trailer. After impact both vehicles went off the roadway with the semitractor traveling partially into a pond. Enyeart was not injured.
The investigation is ongoing by both the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and Whitley County Coroner’s Office. Assisting at the scene was Churubusco Police Department, Smith Township Fire Department, Thorncreek Fire Department, Parkview EMS and Samaritan Air Ambulance.
No names have been released in the crash at 9:09 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Police state a 2003 Ford pickup truck, pulling a hay wagon, driven by a 63-year-old male from South Whitley, and a 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by the male from Marion were both eastbound on SR 205, west of CR 500W. For an unknown reason the motorcycle struck the back of the hay wagon and the male operator was thrown from the motorcycle, suffering multiple fractures and other injuries. He was flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, by Samaritan Air ambulance.
The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.
The accident is currently under investigation by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.