COLUMBUS, Ind. — A Columbus man was injured Tuesday morning after his motorcycle crashed into a concrete curb on Jonathan Moore Pike and he skidded more than 700 feet.
Daniel C. Runge, 20, sustained cuts and other injuries, none of them life-threatening, said Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department.
He said Runge was wearing a helmet, which had scratches and other damage to it.
“The helmet probably saved his life,” Myers said.
Runge was eastbound on Jonathan Moore Pike about 7 a.m. when the accident occurred. Witnesses told police he was weaving in and out of traffic at high speed. He struck the curb and lost control of the motorcycle when he tried to pass a vehicle on the right in a turn lane, police said.
A preliminary investigation indicated that Runge was traveling at a high rate of speed based on measurements of how far the motorcycle and Runge skidded after hitting the curb.
The motorcycle went 475 feet, and Runge traveled 715 feet before stopping, Myers said.
The right eastbound lane of Jonathan Moore Pike was closed for about 30 minutes as authorities cleaned up debris and investigated the accident.
Myers said the accident should serve as a reminder to motorcyclists to pay “extra-close attention” to their driving.
“This type of driving behavior is exactly what concerns us, and the accident is why it concerns us,” Myers said.
Runge was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Columbus Police Patrol officers Angie Owens and Eric Kapczynski and Lt. Dave Heeb are investigating the accident.
The hospital medics and Columbus Fire Department assisted at the scene.
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