Motorcyclist dies fleeing police in Reelsville
REELSVILLE -- A Brazil man died Tuesday night after crashing his motorcycle while running from the Brazil City Police Department.
The crash occurred on U.S. 40 near County Road 625 West. The driver, 28-year-old David L. Godsey, was pronounced dead at the scene.
His passenger, 25-year-old Jolene D. McCall, of Terre Haute, was airlifted to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, by AirEvac Helicopter. McCall was suffering from multiple life-threatening injuries.
As of Wednesday afternoon, McCall was still listed in critical condition.
At 9:49 p.m. a Brazil City Police officer attempted to stop a 1996 Honda RF 3 motorcycle eastbound on Pinckley Street near Murphy Avenue in Brazil for 57 mph in a 25-mph zone.
The motorcycle did not stop and continued eastbound at speeds near 100 mph, turning north onto County Road 200 East toward U.S. 40.
Godsey then turned the bike eastbound on U.S. 40 with Clay County Sheriff's deputies and Brazil City Police units in pursuit.
The chase continued into Putnam County, and at 9:55 p.m. Godsey lost control of the motorcycle and left the south side of the roadway.
Godsey and McCall were ejected from the cycle, with both riders striking a wooden fence and a drainage culvert.
The pursuit reportedly covered approximately 8.5 miles in just six minutes.
Neither rider was found wearing a helmet by medical personnel, although one helmet was found on the ground at the scene.
Putnam County Chief Deputy Coroner David Brown was on the scene and preliminarily determined Godsey died of blunt force trauma. Toxicology results are pending, and the driver did not have a valid Indiana driver's license.
The crash is under investigation by ISP Trooper Jonathan Cumbie. Assisting were the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Clay County Sheriff's Office, Brazil Police Department, Cloverdale Police Department, Putnam County Coroner's Office, Putnam County Operation Life, Washington Township Fire/Rescue and AirEvac Air Ambulance.