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Elkhart County, Indiana – August 31, 2012

Police say a motorcyclist was injured Friday during an accident in the Goshen area.

According to officers with the Goshen Police Department, 43-year-old Goshen resident Sheldon L. Swartentruber was riding a blue 1999 motorcycle as it traveled east along West Pike Street (U.S. Route 33). As Mr. Swartzentruber approached Indiana Avenue, around 9:25 p.m.,he observed a gold-colored 2000 GMC Sierra pickup truck attempt to merge into his lane.

Mr. Swartzentruber was unable to avoid a collision with the pickup, operated by 20-year-old Goshen resident Kyle R. McManemin, and was thrown from his bike. Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Mr. Swartzentruber to Goshen General Hospital for treatment.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 4,778 people were killed in collisions involving motorcycles in 2006.

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