Rear-end crash causes chain reaction leading to motorcyclist's death

Motorcycle passenger still in hospital

FISHERS, Ind. - A motorcyclist died after being involved in a crash with two cars Saturday evening on 96th Street, and his passenger was still in the hospital Sunday night in serious condition.

The Fishers Police Department said it happened just after 5:45 p.m. near the intersection of 96th Street and Fitness Lane.

Officers said when they arrived, they saw a passenger car, an SUV and a three-wheeled motorcycle had collided.

Police said the two occupants of the motorcycle were taken to Methodist Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the SUV was taken to Community North Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the driver of the passenger car was not injured.

Witnesses told police the passenger car was westbound on 96th Street and did not see the SUV stopped, waiting to turn south onto Pinecreek Drive. They said that’s when the passenger car rear-ended the SUV, which then was pushed across the center line into the path of the eastbound motorcycle. Police say the motorcyclist was unable to avoid striking the SUV.

Police said the driver of the motorcycle, Nelson N. Spiegel, 63, of Indianapolis, succumbed to his injuries early Sunday morning and died. The passenger, Paulette Spiegel, 63, also of Indianapolis, continues to recover at Methodist Hospital.

The driver of the SUV, Wayne P. Bocchinfuso, 47, of Indianapolis, was treated and released. The driver of the passenger car was Scott M. Elskus, 31, of Indianapolis.

The Hamilton-Boone County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) was called to the scene to help investigate. Police said FACT officers collected evidence and will reconstruct the crash. 96th Street was closed between Fitness Lane and Lantern Road for three hours while officers assessed the scene.

Police said the final report on the crash will be taken to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office for the review of possible criminal charges.

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