56-year-old motorcyclist dies in Hancock County crash

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NEW PALESTINE, Ind. (WISH) — A 56-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday after a crash with a sport-utility vehicle in southern Hancock County.

Deputies with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responded around 12:45 p.m. Sunday to the intersection of county roads 500 West and 200 South on a report of a two-vehicle crash, the office said in a press release.

An SUV driven by 20-year-old Matthew Gibson of Beech Grove was traveling west on County Road 200 South, stopped at at stop sign, then continued west, colliding with a Harley Davidson Trike traveling south on County Road 500 West, according to the sheriff’s office preliminary investigation.

The driver of the Trike, 56-year-old Teddy Cooley of New Palestine, was taken by ambulance to IU Health Methodist Hospital, where he died. Gibson was checked by medics at the scene and provided deputies with information about the crash, the sheriff’s office said.

Gibson submitted to drug and alcohol tests, which remained pending Sunday; a preliminary investigation had found no indications of impairment, according to the sheriff’s office.

The crash on Sunday remained under investigation.

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