North Vernon man seriously hurt in motorcycle accident

A North Vernon man suffered serious head injuries when he and his wife were involved in a motorcycle wreck while heading home during the weekend, police said.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Kris Weisner was dispatched to the scene of a motorcycle accident at county roads 500E and 50N about 10:19 p.m. Friday.

Upon arrival, Weisner located the driver, identified as 39-year-old Jonathon Holley, who was unconscious. His passenger, 31-year-old N. Jeanne Holley, was found conscious. Both were transported to Columbus Regional Hospital via ambulance, said Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Jonathon Holley was later transported by Lifeline helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, while his wife was taken by ambulance to Methodist with a non-life-threatening injury, Jackson said.

As of late Sunday afternoon, Jonathon Holley was in critical condition while N. Jeanne Holley was stable and expected to be discharged, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The wife told sheriff’s deputies that they had been in Columbus when, due to an approaching storm, they were hurrying to get home to North Vernon, heading east on 25th Street and then south on County Road 500E.

After passing Hillcrest Drive, they crested a small hill and observed a stop sign, at which time, she said, her husband applied the brakes but lost control of the 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle, Jackson said.

The preliminary investigation found no evidence of alcohol or drug usage, Jackson added.

Bartholomew County Deputies Sgt. John Martoccia, Deputy Adam Deboth and Deputy Andy Riddle assisted Weisner, as did paramedics and Columbus Police Department’s Sgt. Toby Combest and Patrolwoman Alyson Rech.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.