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Police: Motorcyclist Dies In Crash After Texting While Riding

| by Mackenzie Fleming

An Indiana man is dead after texting while riding his motorcycle.

Last week, 43-year-old motorcyclist Brandon McClain crashed on Interstate 65 between Lafayette and Indianapolis, police said Friday. He died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash, IndyStar reported. 

McClain was driving on the interstate south of Frankfort on Thursday, about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis where he was from, when the fatal crash occurred, according to WHAS 11. He was reportedly riding his motorcycle southbound in the left lane when he lost control of the bike. 

According to Indiana State Police, at about 3:45 p.m., McClain drove into the grassy median and overcorrected in an attempt to get back onto the roadway, WHAS 11 reported. Police say McClain was texting on his phone at the time the crossed into the median, costing him his life.

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McClain was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

“I can’t go into how we knew he was texting or was in the process of texting,” Sgt. Kim Riley said, citing an ongoing investigation.

McClain was airlifted to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, where he later died. 

Both directions on I-65 between mile markers 150 and 155 were closed for about 90 minutes as the helicopter landed to airlift the man, according to WHAS 11. The southbound flow of traffic returned to normal at about 5:20 p.m.

According to police, the accident remains under investigation.  

Source: WHAS 11, IndyStar

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