Greenfield man seriously injured after motorcycle wreck

A Greenfield man was seriously injured Friday morning after he crashed his motorcycle on East Boyd Avenue not far from his home.

Joseph Holden, 51, was taken to an Indianapolis hospital early Friday and remained unconscious and on a ventilator Friday morning, police said.

The man sustained a serious head injury, broken bones and road rash after he was thrown from his motorcycle in the 700 block of East Boyd Avenue in Greenfield around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Police said he wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and they suspect Holden had been drinking alcohol before he hopped on his bike because they could smell it on his body.

He lost control of his motorcycle as he tried to negotiate a curve in the road, was thrown from the vehicle and hit his head on the ground, police said.

The speed limit in the area is 30 miles per hour, but officers don’t believe he was speeding.

Police ordered blood tests to determine whether Holden was driving while intoxicated. Results likely won’t be available for eight to 10 weeks, they said.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or