Columbus area motorcyclist dies from injuries

A Seymour native who resided southeast of Columbus has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash near his home.

Devon Earl Fields, 32, of 703 Della Road, died at 3:30 p.m. Monday, said Maychele Hall, a spokesperson for the Marion County Coroner’s office. That was about eight hours after the one-vehicle accident on Della, just south of Base Road.

Investigators said slick pavement could have caused Fields to lose control of his motorcycle about 175 feet prior to its resting location, leaving the east side of the roadway and slamming onto the pavement.

Despite wearing a helmet, Fields suffered massive head injuries after being thrown from the motorcycle during the 7:37 a.m. accident, according to a news release from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

After being stabilized at Columbus Regional Hospital, Fields was transported by LifeLine helicopter to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and admitted in critical condition to the trauma center, the release stated.

After graduating from Seymour High School in 2000, Fields studied business management for two years at Harrison College and married Stephanie Doty Fields in May 2004, according to his Facebook page.

He leaves behind a daughter and son who are both in grade school, family friend Mason Killion said.

“Devon was a great dad who truly loved his kids and wife,” Killion said. “He always lived life to the fullest.”

After working at Smurfit-Stone Container, Fields was hired by SpaceGuard Products of Seymour in August 2013. Fields was a senior account manager for the metal products manufacturer.

SpaceGuard owner and president Eddie Murphy described Fields as a dedicated father and mild-mannered person who worked well with customers and had a great sense of humor.

Both Fields and Killion served as officers in the “Dead Saints,” a family-friendly motorcycle club based in Seymour, Killion said.

Killion, the club president, remembers Fields, who served as treasurer and road captain, as a willing contributor to various charitable fundraisers supported by the club.

“Devon was a guy you could count on,” Killion said. “If you had a problem, he was the first to show up and offer you the shirt off his back.”

For example, Fields rushed to a mobile home owned by a fellow club member just last weekend to cover a hole in a wall caused by an accidental fire, Killion said.

Services are pending at Voss Funeral Service in Seymour.

Aubrey Woods, editor of The Tribune of Seymour, a sister publication of The Republic, contributed to this report.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.