3 cyclists injured on governor's motorcycle ride


by Associated Press/WHAS11


Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 26 at 11:30 AM

 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Three motorcyclists have been injured in a crash during the annual governor's motorcycle ride from the Statehouse through southern Indiana.

    The governor's office says Gov. Mike Pence wasn't involved in Friday's accident. 
   Indiana State Police Captain David Bursten said troopers are still investigating the accident on Indiana 356 east of Lexington, Indiana. He says four riders were involved and three were injured. Two were taken to a hospital in Kentucky.
Police said that Brenda Lynch, 62 from Indianapolis, ran off the right side of the road on her silver 2004 Harley Davidson and crashed. Larry Lahue, 66 from Indianapolis, ran off the roadway on the right side of the roadway after locking his breaks after Lynch crashed, on his 2002 purple Harley Davidson.
James Thomas, 70 of Richmond, Ind., on his turquoise 1994 Harley Davidson, ran off the right side of the road as well. He told police that he was not trying to avoid other motorcycles, but just trying to make the turn when he crashed. 
A fourth rider, John Herr, 60 of Straughn, Ind., hit Lahue's motorcycle after he crashed, causing Herr to crash his 2008 black and gold Harley Davidson. 
Lynch was flown to UofL Hospital with a head injury and wrist and ankle pain. Lahue was taken to UofL Hospital by ambulance with rib and back pain. Thomas was also flown to UofL Hospital with wrist and collarbone pain. Herr did not sustain injuries. 
   The ride with several hundred members of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education and other motorcyclists is aimed at helping bring awareness to motorcycle safety in Indiana and raises money for the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund to assist Guard soldiers and their families.
   The ride travels about 140 miles with stops planned in Columbus, Seymour and Madison.