Two die Sunday morning in motorcycle crash in city


Two Seymour men died in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning on the city’s west side.

Both men, 34-year-old Aaron Spence and 28-year-old Neal Rice, were pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Roger Wheeler with the Jackson County Coroner’s Office, Police Chief Bill Abbott said Sunday afternoon.

Spence was driving the Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on Third Street near Calvin Boulevard when the wreck, reported at 3:28 a.m., occurred, Abbott said.

Both men were ejected from the motorcycle, and police believe speed was a factor in the wreck, Abbott said. Neither man was wearing a helmet, he added.

Officer Crystal Schapson initially responded to the wreck and was assisted by Sgt. Brandon White, Cpl. Jake Florine and officers Kevin Settle, Jeremy Soladine and Derrick Shelley.

Sgt. Michael Cooper, who heads the accident reconstruction team, also was called to the scene, and Abbott said police hoped to have more information once Cooper’s report and any information from possible autopsies becomes available.

Dr. Wes Whitler is scheduled to conduct those autopsies at 10 a.m. Monday at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Wheeler reported.

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