Noblesville man dies in late-night crash

A two-vehicle crash late Saturday night, July 1, near the Town of Sheridan resulted in the death of a Noblesville.

Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 24500 block of Jerkwater Road shortly after 10 p.m. on the report of a car and motorcycle involved in a crash.

Medics pronounced Michael A. Crooks, 29, Noblesville, dead at the scene of the crash.

According to an initial crash report, investigators state Kathryn Bray, 61, Sheridan, was northbound on Jerkwater Road driving a blue Ford Excursion when she slowed to make a left turn. Crooks was driving southbound on an off-road-style Honda motorcycle. Investigators said they do not believe the motorcycle had a functioning headlamp, and Bray did not observe the bike before she made the turn, resulting in the collision between the Honda and the Excursion.

Crooks was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was ejected from the bike, and succumbed to injuries at the scene.

Pursuant to Indiana law with all fatal and serious bodily injury crashes, toxicology tests were performed. Results of tests are pending.

Anyone with information regarding the crash should contact the Crash Investigation Team at 317-773-1872 or through Hamilton County Public Safety Communications at 317-773-1282.

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