Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rider Dies After Motorcycle and Van Collide in Hillgrove

On September 27, 2014 at approximately 7:32pm, Darke County Deputies along with Union City, Ohio Fire & Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to the intersection of State Route 571 and Liberty Street in the village of Hillgrove on a report of a serious injury crash involving a motorcycle and van. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Blue 1999 Chevy Astro van driven by Joseph Anthony Castiglione Jr (19) Greenville, was traveling Southeast on State Route 571 and had slowed down for the front passenger to toss a newspaper in a yard and then attempted to make a left turn onto Liberty Street and was struck by a Red 2000 Suzuki Intruder motorcycle operated by Jay A. Long (54) Greenville, traveling Southeast on State Route 571 while attempting to pass the van on the left.  Both vehicles then collided into a guard rail and the water pump that sits at this intersection of Liberty Street.  Mr. Long was ejected from the motorcycle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene.  Careflights response to the scene was cancelled, and the driver and two juvenile passengers in the van were not injured in the crash and refused treatment.  Mr. Long was not wearing a helmet.  State Route 571 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office accident reconstruction team, and the Darke County Coroner's Office.  This is Darke County's 6th fatal crash for the year. 

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