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Indiana State Trooper Injured in Motorcycle Crash Responding to Call

Indiana State Police Master Trooper Darryl Young was injured, Friday afternoon, while responding to a crash on I-80.

At approximately 12:39 pm, Trooper Young, 46, a twenty-five year veteran of the department, was on his 2011 Indiana State Police HarleyDavidson motorcycle, with his emergency lights and siren activated.

He was going to a fatality/serious personal injury crash that occurred east bound on I-80 just east of Ripley Street in Hobart. Traffic in this areawas stopping/slowing because of this crash. As Trooper Young approached the Ripley interchange he was driving in the de-acceleration/acceleration lane of the ramp when a 2005 Honda Pilot, driven by Michael J. Crowe, 70 of South Bend, Indiana, saw that traffic was backed up and decided to exit off onto Ripley. Crowe pulled out in front of Young's motorcycle and the Pilot's right rear quarter panel struck the front of Young's motorcycle.

Trooper Young, who was wearing a helmet and a state police issued motorcycle uniform, was thrown from his motorcycle. Master Trooper Brian White responded immediately to the crash and found Trooper Young semi-conscious. Young was taken to Saint Mary's Medical Center in Hobart with head, back and a wrist injury. None of his injuries is life threatening.

Crowe was cited for unsafe lane movement and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Agencies assisting: Indiana Department of Transportation and Hobart Emergency Medical Service.

The Indiana State Police would like to remind the motoring public that everyday, police, fire and ambulance vehicles respond to urgent calls. Watch for emergency vehicles on the road and shoulders; and please take lights and sirens seriously.