Bainbridge man dies in Tippecanoe County accident

Saturday, September 19, 2009

LAFAYETTE -- The investigation into a Thursday motorcycle-truck crash that killed a Bainbridge man is continuing.

Tippecanoe Sheriff's Office Deputy Chuck Shumard said it is still not known if Jerry Hilburn, 59, who was driving the motorcycle and died in the accident, was wearing helmet, and that results of drug and alcohol tests are still pending.

On Thursday morning, deputies from the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office along with representatives from TEAS and Wea Township Fire Department were called to the scene of a personal injury accident at C.R. 450S and C.R. 450E in Lafayette. Hilburn's motorcycle had collided with a Ford F550 pickup truck driven by Dustin Isselhardt if Indianapolis, Shumard said.

Hilburn was traveling northbound on C.R. 450E, while Isselhardt was driving east on C.R. 450S. It appeared that Isselhardt failed to yield the right of way, Shumard's report said.

Hilburn was transported from the accident scene to Clarion Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Isselhardt was not injured.

An accident reconstruction team is investigating.

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  • Jerry Hilburn was a good man, he will be missed by all!!!

    -- Posted by candlecrazy94 on Sat, Sep 19, 2009, at 9:59 AM
  • We will keep the family of this tragic accident in our prayers...we know it is hard, we went through this just a couple of weeks ago.

    So sorry for your loss...

    -- Posted by luv2bmom2001 on Sat, Sep 19, 2009, at 12:36 PM
  • Just out of curiousity, how can they not tell if he was wearing a helmet?

    -- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Sat, Sep 19, 2009, at 1:59 PM
  • will be missed...I knew you from the time that you were 8 years old,,,and played little league for The Cardinals...I am sorry that I missed my last opportunity to see you at our 4oth GHS reunion..tut

    -- Posted by TNVOLTUT on Sat, Sep 19, 2009, at 2:35 PM
  • The hospital name is Clarian.

    -- Posted by Hazel on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 6:46 AM
  • The helmet may have been laying at the scene and not on him. Did he have it on and it flew off on impact? Did he have it attached to the bike and it flew off on impact?

    I bet its something like this.

    -- Posted by G-boy2008 on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 1:53 PM
  • My heart goes out to the family. I believe I was in school with his son.

    I do hope they continue to investigate the accident. I work in Lafayette and travel that road everyday. People run the STOP sign there on a daily basis. I myself have nearly been hit 3 times and have witnessed 2 accidents.

    My thoughts are prayers are with the family!

    -- Posted by roachdalekid on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 2:50 PM
  • People run stops signs and stop lights because LAW ENFORCEMENT is negligent and incompetent when it comes to enforcing basic traffic laws.

    My condolences to the family.

    -- Posted by Harmony Church on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 7:47 AM
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