Celestine motorcycle crash kills Birdseye man

Herald Staff Writer

CELESTINE — A single-vehicle motorcycle crash Thursday afternoon south of Celestine killed a Birdseye man.

Lanny Jenkins, 47, of 10 Oak St., Birdseye, was pronounced dead from a head injury at the scene of the 2:29 p.m. accident on Santine Road a mile south of State Road 164, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Jenkins was northbound on Santine Road on a 1999 Yamaha Roadstar at the time of the accident, according to the sheriff’s department.

Deputies said Jenkins approached a curve at a high rate of speed, lost control of the bike and went off the left side of the road. The Roadstar struck a tree, ejecting Jenkins, who struck another tree. He was pronounced dead by the Dubois County Coroner’s Office.

Authorities said Jenkins was not wearing a helmet but it was unknown if using one would have prevented the death.

The investigation at the scene closed Santine Road for about 90 minutes. Police said toxicology tests are pending and it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were factors.

Damage to the motorcycle was estimated at $750.

The Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Sternberg Chrysler Center wrecker assisted.

The death was Dubois County’s fourth roadway fatality of 2013.

Contact Bill Powell at bpowell@dcherald.com.

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