Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Police probing reported wreck with motorcycle

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 3/20/2013

Ottawa police officers are investigating a late-Wednesday morning possible hit-and-run incident at the intersection of West Sixth and South Willow streets that left a 31-year-old Ottawa man injured.

John Bishop was riding a 2002 Suzuki motorcycle east on West Sixth Street about 11:15 a.m. when an unidentified mini van traveling south on Willow Street “possibly collided with the motorcycle,” Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said in an email late Wednesday afternoon. The van left the scene and continued south on Willow Street, according to witnesses.

Ottawa police officers are investigating a late-Wednesday morning possible hit-and-run incident at the intersection of West Sixth and South Willow streets that left a 31-year-old Ottawa man injured.

John Bishop was riding a 2002 Suzuki motorcycle east on West Sixth Street about 11:15 a.m. when an unidentified mini van traveling south on Willow Street “possibly collided with the motorcycle,” Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said in an email late Wednesday afternoon. The van left the scene and continued south on Willow Street, according to witnesses.

Ottawa police were stopping short of calling the incident a hit-and-run Wednesday. Instead, the incident was being described as an “injury accident.”

Bishop, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered undisclosed injuries when he was ejected from the motorcycle, according to a police report.

Bishop was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. A condition report from the hospital was not available Wednesday night.

Witnesses described the mini van as possibly maroon or gray in color, the report said, and was being driven by a white woman with dark hair. The van might have orange paint transfer from the impact with the motorcycle, the police report said.

It is possible the van hit the rear fender of the motorcycle and might not have significant damage, Weingartner said.

“Officers investigating the accident want to speak with the driver of the other vehicle or anyone else with information,” Weingartner said. “Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Department or Franklin County Crime Stoppers.”

The Franklin County Accident Investigation Team is assisting with the investigation, Weingartner said.

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