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Wreck claims life of local scout leader

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

GRAYSVILLE -- A Greencastle woman died Saturday as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Traci Dianne Klinkerfuss, 41, was traveling with a group of riders in Sullivan County during the Ollie Memorial Ride event. The accident happened just before 2 p.m. between the towns of Graysville and Merom.

"Witnesses said (Klinkerfuss) hit the gravel in a curve on S.R. 63, lost control and went into a field," said Sullivan County Sheriff's Department Deputy David Holmes.

Holmes said he had been trying to get in contact with the Sullivan County coroner to confirm Klinkerfuss's official cause of death, but had been unable to do so as of Monday afternoon.

"I know she was flipped off, but I'm not sure if the bike hit her," Holmes said. "The other bikers had started CPR right after it happened, and the medics took over as soon as they got there."

Klinkerfuss was transported by ambulance to Sullivan County Community Hospital in Sullivan, where she was pronounced dead.

Mike Denney, 53, of Spencer attempted to avoid hitting Klinkerfuss' motorcycle as it began to skid, and he ended up wrecking as well, Holmes said. Denney sustained minor injuries and his passenger, his wife Hilda Denney, 52, was flown from the scene to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

"They flipped off their bike just after Traci went down," Holmes said. "Once someone wrecks in a group of riders, everyone behind them is trying to get out of the way and brake."

A Methodist Hospital spokesperson said Hilda Denney was listed in stable condition on Monday afternoon.

Klinkerfuss was a Girl Scout leader, and was actively involved in many of the local service unit's projects and activities.

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R.I.P. Tracy

-- Posted by justme44 on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 9:50 AM

You will be missed Traci, and forever in our hearts!!!

-- Posted by dmurray_001 on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 10:53 AM

Traci wasn't just a Girl Scout leader, she was their friend. She went way beyond a leader. Our troop was a new troop this year. We started off with nothing. She has put a lot of time, money, and energy into what our troop has done this year. She put special things she bought or made into the girl's school lockers. Most of the girl's at some point had spent the night at her house, with Madison. She had picked up or dropped off the girl's many times for events. She also just finished up different training for camp, rock climbing, life guard, and CPR. Thats only part of the training she has done. I could go on and on with things she has done...

The saying "you don't realize what you have until it's gone." This is so true, I don't think anyone could ever compare to the leader she was. It takes a special person to give up so much of their time. I know she missed out on a lot of family time in doing this. But I think in her eyes, her pay back was "her girls." Which was her family as well. R.I.P Traci and thanks for all you have given us and our girls!!

-- Posted by beautycr on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 12:27 PM

Traci loved to ride.


-- Posted by Stick1 on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 1:03 PM

The community has lost a great lady . Thoughts are with her family and her girl scouts

-- Posted by talkymom3 on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 1:06 PM

As a fellow lady rider my prayers are with her family...RIP

-- Posted by L & L inc. on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 1:41 PM

If you ever saw Traci with her scouts, you would know the great person she was. The girls really looked up to her, and she had great participation from them. To say she will be missed is an understatement.

-- Posted by tiredmom on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 1:58 PM

Our hearts and prayers are with the Klinkerfuss/Henderson/Lawson/Lawrence families as they say goodbye to Traci today. She will be greatly missed by so many. Rest in peace, Traci...look forward to seeing you again one day!

-- Posted by John3:16 on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 1:45 PM

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