Jasper Middle School teacher injured in motorcycle accident

(Source: Dubois Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Dubois Co. Sheriff's Office)

JASPER, IN (WFIE) - A Jasper middle school teacher is in critical condition after being injured in a motorcycle accident.

Sheriff's deputies say 47-year-old Robert Stenftenagel was riding on Meridian Road in Jasper on Thursday night when he lost control of his bike and was thrown into a ditch.

The Dubois County Sheriff's Office says the rear tire of Stenftenagel's motorcycle locked up, causing him to lose control.

Stenftenagel, a science teacher at Jasper Middle School, was not wearing a helmet.

Deputies say he struck his head as he fell off the bike.

25-year-old Kelsey Kunkel was driving in the opposite direction of Stenftenagel, "I looked in my rear view mirror and I just saw sparks. So I turned around. And when I saw the motorcycle was down in the ditch, I stopped. And when I got out, I heard moaning. So I went over to him to see what his condition was. And I called 911. I just made sure that he was breaking, and that I could feel a pulse. I mean, I just think I was in the right place at the right time."

Kunkel is a nurse at Memorial Hospital in Jasper.

Stenftenagel crashed in an area with very tall grass where his bike was easily hidden.

Deputies say if Kunkel hadn't turned around it could have been many hours before Stenftenagel was found.

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