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Motorcyclist injured during Hope crash remains in critical condition

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The Flat Rock motorcyclist injured in a car-motorcycle accident near the Subway restaurant in Hope was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Gregory A. Coy, 66, was flown by Lifeline helicopter after his motorcycle collided Tuesday afternoon with a vehicle on State Road 9 in front of the Major Center shopping complex south of the Goshen Meadows subdivision.

Coy was not wearing a helmet when his northbound motorcycle struck the Chevrolet Malibu, which had turned in front of him on the far south side of Hope, police said.

The Malibu continued several hundred yards to the east and smashed into the front glass of the Subway restaurant.

Two adult Hope residents in the car were identified as Michael S. Lonaker and Erica Paetzel, both 20. A young child inside the Malibu was not injured.

While both adults claim Paetzel was driving, Subway manager Cheryl Hendrickson said Lonaker was behind the wheel when it smashed into her business, Hope interim Town Marshal Matt Tallent said.

Investigators are hopeful that surveillance video from the nearby MainSource Bank branch will be able to determine who was driving.

While the video will have to be examined by an Indiana State Police specialist frame-by-frame, Tallent said he’s hopeful to confirm the driver’s identity sometime today.

As Lonaker and Paetzel were being treated for minor injuries after the Tuesday accident, Tallent requested toxicology tests at Columbus Regional Hospital on both of them.

Although the results of those tests are expected within a week, neither Lonaker or Paetzel has been charged in connection with the accident at this time, Tallent said.

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