Greentown — Woman dies after motorcycle accident
A 41-year-old woman died Thursday in northeast Howard County after a pickup truck ran through a stop sign and collided with her Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Officials pronounced Ruby Ann Browning, Swayzee, dead at the scene shortly after noon Thursday at the intersection of 1350 East and 300 North, which is northeast of Greentown.
Indiana State Police Trooper Randy McPike said Joshua R. Jones, 28, Marion, was driving west on 300 North in his green Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, and he ran through the intersection’s stop sign. Browning was driving south on 1350 East, which does not have a stop sign at the intersection, McPike said.
“He said he never even saw her,” McPike said. “The skid marks indicate he did not stop at all.”
The impact of the collision sent Browning’s Harley-Davidson into a guard rail just south of the intersection and threw her off the bike, he said. She was not wearing a helmet.
Howard County Coroner Jay Price said at the scene Thursday he had not determined an official cause of death because he needed to run some tests.
McPike said Jones did not appear to be injured, but an ambulance took him to Howard Regional Health System as a precaution.
He said Thursday it was too soon to know whether there would be charges or citations filed against Jones.
Blood tests showed alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash, according to state police.
Indiana State Police, Howard County Sheriff and Greentown Police departments were at the scene Thursday, along with the Howard County coroner and Howard County Emergency Management Agency.
State police remind drivers to be aware of motorcycles because more will be on the roads as temperatures increase.
• Daniel Human is a Kokomo Tribune staff writer. He can be reached at 765-454-8570 or at email@example.com.