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Claypool man dies in Wabash County crash

FATAL: ISP Trooper A.J. Coffee conducted a preliminary crash investigation and concluded Zachary Smith, 29, Claypool, was driving a 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on County Road 1050 North, near State Road 15 when the crash happened.

by Rob Burgess - rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

Officers from the Indiana State Police (ISP) Department and the North Manchester Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at approximately 1:35 p.m. Thursday on Wabash County Road 1050 North, east of State Road 15, in which a Claypool man died, according to a press release from Sgt. Tony Slocum, ISP Peru District public information officer.

ISP Trooper A.J. Coffee conducted a preliminary crash investigation and concluded Zachary Smith, 29, Claypool, was driving a 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on County Road 1050 North, near State Road 15.

For an undetermined reason, the motorcycle crossed the center line, entered the westbound lane of County Road 1050 North, and continued into the north side ditch.

Peter Iseton, 50, Silver Lake, was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger westbound on the same road when the motorcycle crossed into his path.

“He attempted to avoid hitting the motorcycle by turning into the north side ditch, but he could not avoid the motorcycle,” stated Coffee.

After the impact, Smith was ejected from the motorcycle.

Smith died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash. Iseton was not injured.

During a Friday phone interview with the Plain Dealer, Slocum said Smith was not wearing a helmet, but Iselton was wearing a seat belt. Slocum said given the nature of the accident, Smith “was probably in trouble either way.”

“It was such a high-impact crash that a helmet probably would not have saved him,” said Slocum.

This is an ongoing investigation, but neither the use of alcohol nor drugs is suspected as having contributed to the crash, according to the release.