Accident claims man’s life

Indiana State Police

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, at approximately 2:30 pm, officers from the Indiana State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to the report of a personal injury crash involving two motorcycles and a car on U.S. 150 just west of Cross Road in southern Washington County. 

A preliminary investigation reveals that a red, 2013 Victory motorcycle, driven by Dickey E. Coffey, 71, of Floyds Knobs, IN, was traveling westbound on U.S. 150 near Cross Road.  Mr. Coffey’s wife, Vonda Coffey, 71, was a passenger on the same motorcycle.  Dickey Coffey’s son, Kimmy E. Coffey, 51, of Lanesville, IN, was also westbound on his 1983 Honda motorcycle and was travelling westbound along with his father.  Both motorcycles attempted to pass a slow moving pickup truck with trailer which was also travelling westbound.  As the motorcycles began to pass, a gold 2003 Toyota Camry, driven by Whitney Gaines, 25, of Fredericksburg, IN, approached eastbound.   During the pass it appears that the red 2013 Victory Motorcycle struck the rear of the 1983 Honda motorcycle causing it to veer into the eastbound lane, striking the Toyota Camry.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Coffey were thrown from the motorcycle. 

Dickey E. Coffey was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Washington County Coroner. 

Vonda Coffee was transported by Washington County EMS to the University of Louisville Hospital with life threatening injuries. 

Whitney Gaines was transported to the University of Louisville with non-life threatening injuries.  

Kimmy Coffee was not injured.   

The crash remains under investigation.  U.S.150 was closed for approximately three hours.  

The Indiana State Police were assisted by units from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Posey Township Fire Department, Washington County EMS, and the Washington County Coroner’s Office. 




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