A two-vehicle accident April 12 sent two to the hospital, according to a Ripley County Sheriff’s Office press release.
About 5:19 p.m., Chester Matney, 68, Rushville, was traveling north on Buckeye Street near the intersection of State Road 350, Osgood, when his 2003 Honda motorcycle was struck in the rear by a white minivan, ejecting him and his passenger, Kathy Henry, 66, Dillsboro.
Matney, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported by Rescue 69 to Margaret Mary Health where he was later airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment of internal injuries; broken leg, wrist and shoulder; and lacerations.
Henry, who was also not wearing a helmet, was airlifted from the scene to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment of internal injuries, head injury, facial fractures and a broken shoulder and ribs.
According to witnesses, a white minivan fled the scene, resulting in a several-hour search for the vehicle by law enforcement.
Around 11:22 p.m., deputies located the minivan. Pursuant to investigation, it was discovered that Cory Barnes, 21, Versailles, rear-ended the motorcycle and fled the scene.
He was arrested and transported to the Ripley County Jail where he was incarcerated for leaving the scene of an accident causing injury and possession of a controlled substance, both Class D felonies, pending a $1,050 bond.
The accident is being investigated by RCSO Lt. Randy Holt, who was also assisted at the scene by the Ripley County Medic and Osgood Fire Department.