Marion County Sheriff's deputy killed in motorcycle crash

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is mourning the loss of one of their own after an off-duty deputy was killed Sunday night.

Eric Stofer, 35, was killed in a motorcycle accident in the 8900 block of Acton Road on the city’s southeast side.

"All indications are that he hit a pothole, lost control and the bike and the motorcycle came to rest on top of him," Indiana State Police Capt. Dave Busten said.

By Monday morning, the potholes along that stretch of Acton Road had been repaired. Officials with the Department of Public Works said they have crews out eight hours a day, every day to repair roads.

The role that a pothole played in the fatal accident did not escape the notice of the sheriff. 

"They are not superhuman. There are gonna be some that slip through the cracks. I would encourage the public to call the city to encourage the public to call the city so we can get them filled up before a tragedy like this happens," Marion County Sheriff John Layton said.

There had been complaints about the Acton Road potholes before.

"We received two previous complaints about the region, one in late December and one in January, and we did go out to the area and fill the potholes. But the problem with filling potholes is it is a temporary solution, we have to keep going out there over and over again. As you know, potholes aren’t just an annoyance, they can be a real public safety hazard," DPW spokeswoman Stephanie Wilson said.

DPW officials said they have spent $1.5 million so far this year to repair potholes.

Stofer was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Stofer had been with the department for 11 years. He served as an inmate transportation deputy in the jail division of the sheriff's department. He was not married but did have children.

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