Motorcyclist killed in W. Jefferson crash identified

UPDATE (October 9, 2019): The Allen County Coroner has identified the victim in Monday night’s fatal crash on W. Jefferson. The coroner released the following:

“The Allen County Coroner’s Office has completed the autopsy, and made notification to the next of kin of the deceased individual that was involved in a motorcycle Vs motor vehicle crash in the 6400 Block of West Jefferson Boulevard, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at about 21:35 hours, Monday, October 7, 2019. The deceased has been identified as Robert L Trimble III, male, white, 40 years of age, of Vermillion, Ohio.
The Cause of Death is Blunt Force Injury due to Motor Vehicle Crash, and the Manner of death is Accident. Robert L. Trimble III is the 32nd traffic fatality for Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2019.
The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Fort Wayne police say one man is dead after a motorcycle crash on Jefferson Monday night.
At 9:35 p.m., the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 6400 block of West Jefferson Blvd. in reference to a vehicle crash with injuries. Witnesses reported the crash involved a vehicle and a motorcycle.

Officers arrived on scene and located the driver of the motorcycle lying in the middle of the intersection. Paramedics pronounced the man driving the bike deceased at the scene.

Preliminary information indicated the motorcycle was traveling westbound on Jefferson Blvd. at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. The driver of the vehicle was eastbound on Jefferson Blvd., attempting to turn left into the Covington Plaza shopping center.

Investigators interviewed several witnesses. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. He did not report any injuries as a result of the crash. The victim was not wearing a helmet. Investigators indicated it does not appear alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Coroner’s Office, and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The Allen County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the victim. Westbound Jefferson Blvd. at Covington Road was closed to all traffic while investigators processed the scene and has since reopened.