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Motorcyclist, SUV collide; injuries severe

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The Hartsville town marshal was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with a sport utility vehicle in southeast Columbus.

Alan “A.J.” Ross, 64, was not wearing a helmet during the 3:47 p.m. Tuesday accident at State Street and Gladstone Avenue, Columbus police said.

The driver of a Ford Explorer, identified as Destiney A. Spurling, 21, of Greensburg, was westbound on State Street and attempted to turn south onto Gladstone.

The accident happened when the Faurecia employee, who was on her way to work, tried to follow a vehicle that had just made the same left-hand turn she was attempting, said Lt. Matt Myers, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Spurling was unable to see Ross’ 1999 Harley-Davidson, which was eastbound on Gladstone when the vehicles collided, Myers said.

After a LifeLine helicopter landed in the nearby parking lot of the former Marsh Supermarket, Ross was flown directly to Indianapolis with severe head injuries, Myers said.

As of early Tuesday evening, a hospital condition report on Ross was not available.

The accident resulted in lane closures on State Road 7, south of Gladstone. Officers rerouted traffic during the busy afternoon rush hour.

A similar accident at the same intersection resulted in serious injuries last August to motorcyclist James J. Jowers of Columbus.

Ross had been shot in the leg during a police simulation-handgun training exercise in February 2013. He was not injured, but the incident resulted in termination of a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy for that and other infractions.

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