INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A Hamilton County Deputy, who was loved by many, was killed in a motorcycle crash in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon.
Deputy Leanea Nyeayea, 37, of Hamilton County leaves behind a wife, five children, and an unborn baby. He was raised in Liberia but made Indiana his home several years ago when he re-located with several family members.
He joined the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department three years ago.
"I knew I was going to hire him before he spoke a word, said former Sheriff Doug Carter. "He was just great!"
Sheriff Mark Bowen said Nyeayea brought a great deal of happiness to his department. "He lit up a room when he walked in," he said while fighting tears. "As soon as you met him you fell in love with him."
Deputy Nyeayea was riding his personal motorcycle and was off-duty at the time of the crash that occurred near Kessler Boulevard East Drive and Binford Boulevard.
According to police, the deputy was traveling southbound on Binford Boulevard when a gray Volkswagen crossed into his path.
The deputy was unable to stop in time collided with the vehicle.
The deputy was thrown from his bike and was pronounced deceased by Indianapolis EMS.
Prior to his assignment with Hamilton County he worked as a corrections officer on the east coast. He was also a member of the U.S Marine Corp.
Funeral arrangements are pending and a trust fund has been set up at Chase Bank to help Nyeyea's family.
According to police, alcohol does not seem to have played a factor in the crash. Nyeayea was also wearing a helmet when the crash occurred, according to witnesses.
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