Driver Arrested After Hit-And-Run With Motorcycle; Two Riders Injured

Posted On April 14, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Osgood, Ind.) – A couple was injured when their motorcycle was rear-ended by a minivan in Ripley County Saturday.

Police have charged the alleged minivan driver who fled the accident scene.

The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office received word of the crash on Buckeye Street near the intersection with State Road 350 in Osgood at about 5:19 p.m.

Deputies determined that Chester D. Matney, 68, of Rushville, had been traveling northbound on Buckeye Street operating a 2003 Honda motorcycle with passenger, Kathy A. Henry, 66, of Dillsboro, when the motorcycle Matney was operating was struck in the rear by a white minivan.

Both Matney and Henry were thrown from the motorcycle. Matney, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported from the scene by Rescue 69 to Margaret Mary Health in Batesville. He was later airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment of internal injuries, broken leg, broken wrist, broken shoulder along with lacerations received in the accident.

Henry, who was also without a helmet, was airlifted from the scene to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment of internal injuries, head injury, facial fractures, broken shoulder and broken ribs received in the accident.

Witnesses reported that the white minivan that struck the motorcycle immediately fled the scene. That prompted a search by police lasting several hours.

Deputies located the minivan believed to be involved in the crash at about 11:22 p.m. Saturday night. Investigators determined that Cory A. Barnes, 21, of Versailles had been driving the van at the time of the crash.

Barnes was arrested and transported to the Ripley County Jail where he was preliminarily incarcerated for Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Injury (Class D Felony) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class D Felony). He was held on a bond of $1,050.

The accident remains under investigation Monday by the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Rescue 69, Ripley County Medic and Osgood Fire Department.