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Man dies after being ejected from scooter in crash near I-70 overpass in Hancock County

Posted at 9:02 AM, Oct 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-19 11:39:41-04

HANCOCK COUNTY — A man died after being ejected from a motor scooter in a crash with another vehicle early Tuesday outside Mt. Comfort, an official says.

It happened about 7:20 a.m. on County Road North 400 West at the Interstate 70 overpass, just south of County Road West 300 North, according to Hancock County 911. That's to the west of Greenfield.

The driver of the other vehicle, a Nissan Rogue, was not injured. The motor scooter's operator was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet, according to the Hancock County Sheriff's Office.

He was identified as Michael Nichols, 36, of Muncie.

The Nissan's driver voluntarily submitted to a blood draw. Investigators don't believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

As of about 9 a.m., County Road 400 West had reopened to traffic. It was closed for about two and a half hours while responders worked the scene.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office is investigating.