Motorcyclist dies after crash in construction zone

Police respond to a motorcycle crash on S.R. 3 in Huntertown.

HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (WANE) – A man who was hospitalized in grave condition after crashing a motorcycle near Huntertown Saturday morning has died.

Emergency crews responded to State Road 3 near Cedar Canyons Road around 10:20 a.m. Saturday. Witnesses at the scene told NewsChannel 15 that a motorcyclist was trying to change lanes on a stretch of the road that is under construction. As he moved from the unpaved side of the road to the paved side, witnesses said the motorcyclist lost control and ran into a guardrail.

The motorcycle and its operator ended up in the ditch.

The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition but died later. The Allen County Coroner’s Office identified him at 71-year-old Paul J. Nicholls of Fort Wayne. Nicholls died of blunt force trauma due to a crash, an autopsy showed.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The incident is under investigation.