Mitchell Man Lifeline’d After Motorcycle Crash

by Staff on October 16, 2012

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A Mitchell man suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle crash this morning.

The Mitchell Police Department received a 911 call at 2:57 a.m. reporting a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 37.

Details of the crash haven’t been released, but witnesses report that Gary Gerkin, 47, known to most as “Gerk”, was traveling west on Main Street at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash.

It is believed that Gerkin’s 1984 AMF motorcycle struck a curb on the north side of the roadway just before the intersection, possibly throwing him from the motorcycle.

A woman who happened upon the crash prior to police arriving reported that Gerkin was barely breathing. In addition, one of his shoes was lying in the grass and a bandana he usually wore was in the roadway.

When police and EMTs arrived a few moments later, Gerkin’s motorcycle was on its side in the roadway and Gerkin was lying facedown near the side of the road. Two people who witnessed the scene reported that Gerkin appeared unresponsive.

Emergency personnel almost immediately called for the Air Evac helicopter. The helicopter left Paoli, circled above the crash site a few times, then landed in the highway in front of the Clark gas station and CVS Pharmacy.

Gerkin was loaded onto a stretcher and placed into the helicopter. The helicopter left flying south, presumably heading to Louisville. A wrecker removed the motorcycle from the scene.

The extent of Gerkin’s injuries are not known.

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