Motorcycle operator badly hurt in accident

A Columbus man is in critical condition after suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident Monday.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 7:37 a.m. about a motorcycle crash on Della Street just south of Base Road.

Deputies Sgt. T.A. Smith and Jeff Tindell and detectives Sgt. Kevin Abner and Will Kinman responded and located a badly injured man, 32-year-old Devan Earl Fields, lying on the west side of the street. Fields was wearing a helmet and a leather jacket, according to a department media release.

Fields suffered head injuries. He was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where he was stabilized, then transported by LifeLine helicopter to IU Health Methodist Hospital Trauma Center in Indianapolis, the sheriff’s department said.

A hospital spokesperson said Fields was in critical condition.

Wet, frozen pavement was potentially the cause of the accident, the sheriff’s department said.

The motorcycle lost control about 175 feet prior to its resting location, leaving the east side of the roadway and slamming onto the pavement and sliding. Fields was thrown from the motorcycle following impact, the sheriff’s department said.

Witness statements concurred that no other vehicles were involved and/or at the scene at the time of the crash.

Assisting agencies included: Clay Township Volunteer Fire Department, Columbus Regional Hospital and LifeLine Air Transport.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at or (812) 379-5639.