Authorities still searching for suspect in deadly wreck on Henderson Bypass

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Published: Jul. 15, 2022 at 8:40 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2022 at 12:45 PM CDT
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HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Henderson police are searching for a driver who may have caused the crash that killed a motorcyclist, and then ran away.

The people who live near the intersection of Highway 425 and Old Corydon Road woke to find police searching the area near their homes.

“I know there’s been a trail of blood, so obviously he come down through here,” said Sherri Ledbetter, who lives near the intersection.

Police were looking for the driver of a Dodge van that collided with a Kawasaki motorcycle, and then ran on-foot, leaving the van behind.

In a press release, Henderson Police say they went to the scene at about 8:00 Friday morning. Emergency crews announced the driver, Charles B. Harris III, died on the scene, and they rushed the passenger, Patricia Harris, to Deaconess in Evansville.

The search included help from the Henderson and Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Offices, the Henderson Fire Department, and more.

The experience has been unsettling for those in the area.

“I would think he might be dangerous, I don’t know,” said Ledbetter.

Police say the warmer months of Spring, Summer, and early Fall mean not only more cars on the road, but also more types of vehicles, including motorcycles, bicycles, and farm equipment.

They say in a majority of crashes between motorcycles and other vehicles, it’s not the motorcyclist’s fault. They say it’s important to limit distractions, and be aware of every type of driver that may be on the road.

“Be aware that you will be sharing the road with those motorists; and that, of course, their lives depend on you,” said Kentucky State Police Trooper Corey King.

Henderson police are still looking for the driver of the van. If you have any information that could help them in their investigation, they ask that you call Henderson Police at (270) 831-1295 or Crime Stoppers at (270) 831-1111.

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