Update on Fatal Accident in Shelby County

The deceased motorcyclist was identified as 37 year old Jay Griffith Jr. of Shelbyville Indiana, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy.
He was off duty at the time of the crash and was participating in a multi-state motorcycle ride with a large group of other motorcyclists. The ride had just started in Shelbyville when the crash occurred. The investigation into the circumstances of the crash is ongoing.

Statement from Shelby County Sheriff Louis Koch

September 7, 2022
It is with great regret to report the motorcyclist who was involved in the fatal crash on I-74 near the S.R. 9
exit this morning was Deputy Jay L. Griffith Jr. Deputy Griffith was off duty at the time of the crash. He
began his career with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department in June of 2013. Deputy Griffith’s passing is
an immense loss to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and our community in which he lived and
served. I want to share my condolences with Jay’s family friends and colleagues, he will be greatly missed.
Please respect the Griffith Family’s privacy during this very difficult time.
Louie Koch
Shelby County Sheriff Department

Original News Release from Indiana State Police

Shelby County, IN – A motorcyclist was killed this morning in a single motorcycle crash on I-74 near State Road 9. At 3:38 a.m. Deputies from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, along with Troopers from the Indiana State Police responded to reports of a single motorcycle crash westbound on I-74 at the 113 mile marker. When Deputies arrived they found an adult male pinned under the motorcycle, he was unconscious and unresponsive. Despite life saving efforts by first responders, the man was pronounced deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionists determined the motorcyclist was westbound on I-74 and exited onto the ramp to State Road 9. For unknown reasons the motorcyclist applied the brakes and began to skid. The motorcycle fell over and trapped the rider underneath. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.This crash is still under investigation and there is no further information to release. The identity of the deceased man will be released later today.

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