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After being struck by a pickup truck near Charlottesville, a motorcycle rider died



Charlottesville, Indiana – Police reported in a release on Saturday that a motorcyclist died after colliding with a pickup truck in Charlottesville on Friday.

Police identified the rider as Tony West, age 58, of New Castle, Indiana.

Deputies from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office were called to the intersection of Carthage Pike and U.S. 40 in Charlottesville at around 5:20 on Friday following a report of a motorcycle accident involving a pickup truck.

Greenfield and Charlottesville are separated by 10 miles.

When police arrived, they discovered that West was traveling east on U.S. 40 on his 2010 Harley-Davidson motorbike toward Knightstown when Randy Mathis, 70, in his 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck, crossed the street and into the eastbound lanes.

After that, West hit Mathis’ pickup. Emergency personnel declared him deceased at the site.

According to the police, West was not using a helmet at the time of the collision.

When a tragic accident occurs in Indiana, blood and alcohol tests are needed, therefore Mathis was transferred to Methodist Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries as well as for those purposes.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants to encourage everyone to double-check for motorbikes when driving. All motorbike riders are also urged to use helmets.