Unfamiliarity with roads, unwary drivers can lead to crashes

The sunny Sunday afternoon was perfect for a motorcycle ride.

Daniel Chandler took his Honda Saber 1100 from his home in Indianapolis south to Brown County, following winding county roads and taking in the scenery. He started heading back home around 4 p.m., taking State Road 44 through Johnson County.

A curve in the road near County Road 225W was sharper than he thought. He couldn’t make the turn, and his bike went off the road and into a ditch. He woke up in an ambulance, on his way to the hospital, where he would spend five days with three broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade and collar bone, and a bleeding spleen.

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