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New Salisbury man dies after crash

A New Salisbury man died one day after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash that likely involved another vehicle.
The crash occurred Tuesday, June 1, at about 4:30 p.m. near Flatwood Road north of New Salisbury on S.R. 135.
Richard L. Gilligan, 28, was driving a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle north on S.R. 135 and was attempting to turn left onto Flatwood, Master Trooper Jackie L. Smith of the Indiana State Police said, adding that Gilligan was on his way home from work.
A northbound Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Richard Hunt, 21, likely clipped the motorcycle, Smith said, although Hunt told police that when he saw the motorcyclist, it appeared that Gilligan was leaning over and the motorcycle began to wobble.
Hunt, who told police he was traveling at between 50 and 55 miles per hour, said he applied his brakes, steered to the right and went off the east side of the road but that he must have struck the bike as he was attempting to go around it, Smith said.
Also, Hunt said he did not see a turn signal or brake light prior to the collision.
Smith said Gilligan was not wearing a helmet and had hit his head on the pavement. He was transported to a Louisville hospital, where he died the next day from internal and head injuries.
A witness who lives near the crash scene told police that he heard a noise ‘as if the chain came off the sprocket then he heard the engine idle down and shut off,’ Smith said.
The witness also told police that he did not hear any impact and decided that the motorcyclist had pulled off of the roadway.
An inspection of the motorcycle by police at the scene indicated that the bike’s left turn signal was on, that its transmission was in third gear, the tires were inflated, the chain was on the sprocket, and the rear turn signal was built into the rear tail light and the turn signal on the handle bar was in the on position.
The vehicle did not have any obvious mechanical problems, Smith said.
‘It’s one of those (crashes) that we’ll probably never really know what happened,’ he said.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Palmyra Volunteer Fire Department, Harrison County Sheriff’s De-partment, the county’s Emergency Medical Services and the ISP reconstruction team.