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Elkhart County, Indiana - September 6, 2013

Police say a motorcyclist crashed Friday into a trash truck in the Elkhart area, killing himself and injuring his passenger.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department reports that 66-year-old Decatur resident Ronald Smith was operating a 1984 Honda motorcycle north along Edwardsburg Road (Elkhart Road/County Road 5). As Mr. Smith approached County Road 2, around 9:55 a.m., he apparently lost control.

Investigators say the bike hit a trash truck, parked along the right shoulder. Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Mr. Smith to Memorial Hospital of South Bend, but doctors were unable to save him.

Passenger and 25-year-old Edwardsburg resident Yvonne King, meanwhile, was hospitalized for an ankle break. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, motorcycle collisions rose 3.6 percent from 2010 to 2011.

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