3 Seymour motorcyclists injured in Columbus

Three motorcyclists from Seymour were injured in a three-vehicle accident on the west side of Columbus.

At about 5:49 p.m. Friday, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a car and motorcycle accident at the intersection of County Road 525 West and State Road 46, said Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.

Upon arrival, deputies found one motorcycle in the eastbound section of the intersection and a man and woman lying on the road near the motorcycle. They were later identified as Marcus Stockhover, 73, and Connie Stockhover, 70. Deputies stated that they had not been wearing helmets, Jackson said. Deputies discovered a second motorcycle lying on its side at the southwest corner of the intersection with its driver, who had been wearing a helmet, sitting on the ground, she added. The driver was later identified as Daniel Lakins, 68.

Also at the scene was a passenger car stopped at the stop sign. It’s driver was identified as Corrie McGuckin, 42, Columbus.

Marcus Stockhover slowed down on County Road 525 West to make a turn, but Lakins who was traveling behind didn’t see Stockhover slow down and swerved to the right to try and avoid a collision. However, Lakins struck the right side of Stockhover’s motorcycle, and the force of the collision forced him to the right side of the road and hit the front of the passenger car that was sitting at the stop sign, Jackson said.

The Stockhovers suffered facial and head injuries and were transported to Columbus Regional Hospital. Lakins suffered a cut on his arm and also was taken to Columbus Regional. McGuckin was not injured, Jackson said.

Marcus Stockhover was admitted to the hospital, Connie Stockover was treated and released and Lakins was treated at the emergency room and released, a hospital spokesperson said.

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