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Motorcyclist dies in crash with grader

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A Greenwood man was killed after his motorcycle struck road maintenance equipment on a rural Brown County road.

Louis Sitter, 49, died in the collision about 12:15 p.m. Friday.

Sitter was southbound on Salt Creek Road, headed toward State Road 46, when he lost control of his 2007 Honda motorcycle, laying it down left of center and directly into the path of a Brown County highway department grader tractor. The grader driver, a county highway department employee, tried but was unable to avoid Sitter, according to an Indiana State Police report.

The crash occurred on a curve on Salt Creek Road just south of Brown Hill Road. The grader was on its way to Three Notch Road to smooth out a rough spot on a hill where the pavement had broken up, highway superintendent Roger Cline said.

Indiana law requires drivers involved in a serious or fatal crash to submit to a test for intoxication, which the grader driver did. Police had no reason to believe he was under the influence of any drug or alcohol that would be a factor in the crash, state police said.

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