At approximately 5:19 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 , Ripley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two vehicle accident involving injuries located on Buckeye Street, near the intersection of SR 350 in Osgood.
Arriving on scene it was determined that 68 year old Chester D. Matney of Rushville had been traveling northbound on Buckeye Street operating a 2003 Honda motorcycle with 66 year old passenger, Kathy A. Henry of Dillsboro when the motorcycle Matney was operating was struck in the rear by a white minivan, ejecting both Matney and Henry from the motorcycle.
Chester D. Matney, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was transported from the scene by rescue 69 to Margaret Mary Health where he was later airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of internal injuries, broken leg, broken wrist, broken shoulder along with lacerations received in the accident.
Kathy A. Henry, who was also not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was airlifted from the scene by lifeline to University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of internal injuries, head injury, facial fractures, broken shoulder and broken ribs received in the accident.
The second vehicle involved in the accident, according to witnesses was a white minivan which immediately fled the scene, resulting in a several hour search for the vehicle by law enforcement.
At around 11:22 p.m., Ripley County Sheriff’s Deputies located the minivan involved in the leaving of the scene accident with the motorcycle in Versailles.
Pursuant to investigation, it was discovered that 21 year old Cory A. Barnes of Versailles had been operating a white Dodge Caravan northbound on Buckeye Street in Osgood when he rear ended the Matney motorcycle and fled the scene.
Cory A. Barnes was arrested and transported to the Ripley County Jail where he was preliminarily incarcerated for Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Injury, Class D Felony and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class D Felony, pending bond of $1050.00.
The accident is being investigated by Lt. Randy L. Holt of the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office who was assisted at the scene by Rescue 69, Ripley County Medic and Osgood Fire Department. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.