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Cloverdale driver escapes injury in I-70 crash that killed Indy man

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

PLAINFIELD -- A 22-year-old Indianapolis man, reportedly riding his motorcycle the wrong way on Interstate 70 late Friday night, was fatally injured in a collision with a pickup truck driven by a Putnam County man.

Indiana State Police reported that Jeremy M. Deboy was operating a 1997 Yamaha 600R motorcycle eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-70 near the 67-mile marker in Hendricks County.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., the motorcycle struck a westbound 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck head-on near Ronald Reagan Parkway, investigators said.

Roger D. Overstreet, 54, Cloverdale, was driving the pickup truck and escaped injury in the I-70 accident, police said.

Deboy was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hendricks County Coroner's Office.

According to Indianapolis media reports, the accident was the result of a police chase that began in Morgantown in Morgan County and ended with the fatal crash near the Indianapolis Airport.

A female passenger was reportedly injured after falling off the motorcycle near Plainfield. Authorities said she suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Both the police pursuit and the fatal accident remain under investigation.

The fatality closed all lanes of westbound I-70 for approximately three hours into early Saturday morning while the crash scene was investigated and the wreckage removed. Eastbound I-70 was also briefly closed immediately following the accident.

Investigating ISP officers were Senior Trooper Kurt Stein-kamp, Master Trooper Dennis Scudder and Trooper Skyler Whittington.

Assisting State Police at the scene were the Hendricks County Sheriff's Department, Moo-resville Police Department, Plainfield Fire Department, Avon Police Department and Indiana Department of Transportation.

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the thrill of the chase!!!! seems the chasers coulda backed off miles before the accident. once they know there are two lives at stake is the chase really worth it??? the boy was probably showing off and speeding a little for his girl passenger. then it turns into a deadly game, why? let them go! we all have done it at one time or another. speed is a thrill but not worth death!!

-- Posted by badboy46120 on Tue, Sep 6, 2011, at 9:36 AM

Check out the comments here about this accident.


-- Posted by macvrod on Tue, Sep 6, 2011, at 9:51 AM

thanks macvrod!!! after reading all those comments, were lucky others arent dead from his past actions. 5 dui's in one year!!!! kid shoulda been in jail!!! well lets hope these chases do stop before innocent people, including the chasers, are killed in the future.

-- Posted by badboy46120 on Tue, Sep 6, 2011, at 10:15 AM

First of all, the cops are doing their job, if the kid ran, one, he didn't have any qualms about putting his passengers life in danger, two, if he didn't have any reason to run then why did he? If it was for fun and speed than he played the game and lost. So sorry his family has to go through this senseless loss of a son. Stupid is stupid, but quit blaming the cops. Unless you have been a cop, you have no idea what goes on out in the streets.

-- Posted by magoo55 on Tue, Sep 6, 2011, at 1:27 PM

If the cops don't pursue, then we will have total anarchy as people learn they can get away with anything.

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Wed, Sep 7, 2011, at 7:52 AM

My only issue with if and when the police should chase and what for is this. Say this same senario happens but this story is not about the man above and is fictional but based loosely on true stories I have seen. The police terminate the chase and try to find him through the plates, girlfriend, etc. In this investigation they find out the bike was stolen and by who...that guy turns out to be a violent offender out on parole. Meanwhile the offender who just escaped knows they can track him down through the stolen bike. He stops at a rural house and kills, robs the family then takes there car and flees. A families life was just lost because the cops terminated the chase for what they thought was a minor traffic offense but turned out to be much much more.

Hindsight is always 20/20 and how do the police know why the guy is really fleeing or why anyone is fleeing?

-- Posted by G-boy2008 on Wed, Sep 7, 2011, at 9:53 AM

Both G-boy and Volunteer are absolutely right!!!

-- Posted by magoo55 on Wed, Sep 7, 2011, at 4:28 PM

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