SYRACUSE – Indiana Conservation Officers responded to an off road vehicle crash in the 11,000 block of Webster Road in Syracuse yesterday around 4:30 pm.57-year-old Rick Neff of Syracuse was operating an ATV across a field when he claimed that the throttle stuck. He attempted to make a right turn to avoid hitting a section of woods but was unable to.Neff was thrown off the ATV before it struck a tree.It was estimated the ATV was traveling 60 to 70 miles per hour. The impact snapped the tree in half.The 2003 Polaris that he was operating was totaled.Neff was not wearing a helmet and was transported to Goshen General Hospital with serious injuries.Indiana Conservation Officers would like to remind everyone to please wear a helmet and know where the kill switch is should the throttle become stuck.
BROWN COUNTY – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off road vehicle crash that injured Chris Niemeyer, 53, of Indianapolis Saturday night.
Conservation Officer Jay Noble was called to a property off Valley Branch Road in Brown County around 7:30 p.m. for report of an accident.
The investigation found that Niemeyer was operating his Polaris 800 Sportsman ORV on his property in Brown County when he lost control causing it to flip and roll on top of him, causing injury to his head and chest.
He was riding on the property with his friends, who called 911.
Brown County EMS transported Mr. Niemeyer to Van Buren School, were he was transferred to Life Line and flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Mr. Niemeyer was not wearing a helmet or any other protective equipment. At his time no charges are being filed, however the case is still under investigation.