Motorcyclist Dead After Overnight Pursuit, Crash
INDIANA, Pa. (KDKA) — Authorities are investigating after an overnight police pursuit through several Indiana County communities ended with violent motorcycle crash.
According to state police, officers tried to pull over the 1200cc Harley Davidson motorcycle along Wayne Avenue near Carter Avenue in White Township around 2 a.m.
Investigators say the motorcyclist did not stop and ended up leading police officers on a chase through White Township, Indiana Borough, Center Township and Brush Valley Township.
The Indiana County Coroner’s Office reports that 45-year-old Ronald Mutz, of Indiana, Pa., died of multiple blunt force trauma.
State police report that the pursuit spanned approximately 10 miles before the motorcycle hit a guardrail.
Officials with the coroner’s office report that the Mutz ended up losing control while heading eastbound on Route 56, about one mile east of Spruce Hollow Road. The motorcycle hit the guardrail on the westbound side of the road and ended up in Brush Creek.
The coroner’s office reports that Mutz was taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just after 5 a.m. Officials attempted to take him to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center by medical helicopter, but couldn’t make it due to weather conditions.
State police say the driver was not wearing a helmet.
According to court records, Mutz had two outstanding DUI charges against him.
The motorcycle remains in the impound lot at state police barracks in Indiana County as the investigation continues.