ROANOKE, Ind. (WFFT) — An early morning collision in Huntington County left one motorcyclist dead and another driver hurt after a failed passing attempt in bad weather conditions Wednesday.
Shortly after 5 a.m. first responders in Huntington County were called to the area of State Road 114, about 1/2 mile east of County Road 100 East in Jackson Township for a collision with injuries.
The crash involved a GMC Yukon that was going west on S.R. 114 and a Harley Davidson Electra Glide that was going east on the same road.
Huntington County authorities say the crash happened because of a failed attempt by the GMC to pass a semi-tractor trailer it was behind.
The semi was not a part of the crash.
During the passing attempt, GMC crashed into the Harley Davidson head-on, which disabled both vehicles and left the road because of the impact.
The driver of the GMC reportedly had minor injuries.
The Harley rider was pronounced dead at the scene by the Huntington County Coroner's Office.
The victim was identified as 61-year-old Brian D. Bartz of South Whitley.
The coroner says Bartz died of blunt force traumatic injuries and was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
Investigators say visibility at the time of the crash was poor because there was heavy fog.
They believe illegal passing, as well as, drugs and or alcohol may have been involved too.
This crash remains under investigation by authorities in Huntington County.