Clay County – September 6, 2019, at approximately 12:19 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Clay County Sheriff’s Department responded to a motorcycle crash on Interstate 70 eastbound near the twenty-three mile marker.
The preliminary crash investigation, by Senior Trooper Adam Edwards, revealed that Brian S. Parks, age 54, of Sparta, Illinois, was driving a 2010 Honda motorcycle on Interstate 70 eastbound near the twenty-three mile marker. For an unknown reason, the motorcycle went to the north side of Interstate 70 going into the grassy median. Parks then attempted an evasive driving maneuver, making an effort to drive the motorcycle back onto Interstate 70. It was at this time that Parks lost control of the motorcycle, causing it and himself to roll several times. Parks came to a stop in the passing lane of Interstate 70, yet the motorcycle continued to roll, eventually coming to a stop on the north side of Interstate 70, off of the roadway.
Parks was not wearing a helmet and was airlifted to Terre Haute Regional Hospital with serious head injuries.
The Indiana State Police wants to remind everyone to wear a helmet at all times while operating or riding a motorcycle. Studies have shown that wearing a helmet can reduce your risk of serious head injury and/or death during an accident
Assisting Agencies: Several Putnamville District Troopers, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Star Ambulance, Jackson Volunteer Fire Department and Air Evac.