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June 2, 2009

Shelbyville man air-lifted following motorcycle crash

Driver’s wife also injured

A leisurely afternoon ride on county roads turned tragic for Shelbyville couple Brian and Sharon Gaffney shortly after noon Sunday.

The pair and another motorcycle enthusiast were riding eastbound on CR 1000N when, shortly after crossing CR 150E, things took a turn for the worse.

A dog from a nearby residence ran into the path of Gaffney’s 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle, leaving the driver few options. Unable to avoid striking the animal, Gaffney lost control of his motorcycle.

According to investigating officer Indiana State Police trooper Eric Brinson, early indications were that after striking the canine Gaffney lost control of his motorcycle. The motorcycle either slid and spun 180 degrees as it left the county road, or flipped, traveling nearly 30 yards before coming to rest facing westbound in a south side ditch.

The violent nature of the accident seriously injured the driver and also injured his wife.

It was not believed that either the driver or his passenger were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

“When I heard about the accident, I got here as quick as a I could. Eric was alert, although he has a gash on his head and I think he lost a couple of teeth,” Dana Byrd, a niece of the couple, said.

A truck was traveling west on the county road at the time of the accident and the unidentified driver of the vehicle was unsure what he saw as he looked in his rear-view mirror.

“I’m not sure, but it looked to me like the motorcycle flipped prior to entering the ditch and dislodging its passengers,” the individual said.

Following impact with the motorcycle the canine ran a short distance before collapsing and dying of its injuries.

Following medical treatment at the scene Gaffney and his wife were transported to Rush Memorial Hospital, where Eric Gaffney was placed on a waiting Air Evac Ambulance for transport to an Indianapolis trauma center.

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