Motorcyclist killed after SUV tries to pass truck in dense fog near Roanoke, say police

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HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A motorcyclist died Wednesday morning when an SUV trying to pass a truck on S.R. 114 hit the bike head-on about a half-mile east of CR 100 E near Roanoke.

Investigators with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department say the crash took place at 5:10 a.m. when visibility was limited due to heavy fog. The driver of a GMC Yukon was going west and attempted to pass the truck when the SUV hit a Harley Davidson heading east.

The crash caused both vehicles to leave the road. The motorcyclist, identified as Brian D. Bartz, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Yukon, who has not been identified, suffered minor injuries.

Investigators believe drugs and or alcohol may have also played a factor in the crash.

The investigation has not yet been completed.

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