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Greenwood man killed in crash


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A Greenwood man died after being injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday.

Ronald Klinge, 57, was thrown from his motorcycle when a motorist backed out of a parking lot onto U.S. 31 in front of him, Whiteland Police Chief Rick Shipp said. Klinge’s helmet was knocked off, and he suffered a head injury and died on the way to an Indianapolis hospital, the police report said.

Klinge had been driving north on U.S. 31 near Whiteland Road at 1:30 p.m. when Greenwood resident Phyllis Seaman, 71, backed her car into the roadway in front of him, the report said.

Seaman had been shopping at a garage sale at the Wishing Well Motel at 511 S. U.S. 31, Shipp said. The motel’s parking lot was full of cars, and instead of driving around them, Seaman chose to back up onto U.S. 31, Shipp said.

Seaman told police she did not see Klinge while backing up, and the back of her car hit him, according to the report.

Witnesses in the area told police Klinge had been driving about 45 mph, which is the speed limit, Shipp said.

A Whiteland firefighter called for a medical helicopter from Columbus to take Klinge to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, the report said. Klinge was unconscious when he was put in the helicopter, but he had a pulse and was breathing, according to the report. He died in the helicopter while being taken to the hospital, the report said.

Seaman was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way, and the investigation is ongoing, Shipp said.

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