By Mike Perleberg
(Metamora, Ind.) – Alcohol is believed to have been involved in a car vs. motorcycle crash that put the driver in jail and two victims in the hospital.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler R. Wilson, 24, of Rushville, was driving a 2000 GMC Jimmy while following a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle on eastbound U.S. 52 near the Hearthstone Restaurant at about 5:17 p.m. Saturday.
The motorcycle – driven by Robert L. Stickleman, 76, of Middletown, Ohio, with passenger Donna Roberts – slowed to make a left turn into the restaurant. Wilson, 23, of Rushville, was following too closely and struck the motorcycle from behind, pushing it off the right side of the roadway.
Stickleman and Roberts each suffered neck and spine injuries. They would later be taken by ambulance to McCullough Hyde Hospital in Oxford, Ohio. Their current conditions were not released.
Deputies say Wilson stopped for a short time following the crash. He then allegedly fled the scene continuing eastbound on U.S. 52.
A deputy responding to the scene from the Brookville area located Wilson’s vehicle near Cummins Road. Wilson was then taken into custody without incident.
Wilson is charged with OWI Causing Serious Bodily Injury (Class D felony) and Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Injury or Death (Class D felony).
Wilson is held at the Franklin County Security Center on a $5,000 bond.