Police: Cyclist suspected of being intoxicated


GREENFIELD — A bicyclist who was injured when he rode into the path of a vehicle on Main Street is suspected of being intoxicated at the time,  officials with the Greenfield Police Department said.

The cyclist, Matthew Thompson, 26, Greenfield, is still in the hospital but is expected to survive serious injuries, said Chuck McMichael, deputy chief and public information officer for the GPD.

“He is suspected of being intoxicated at the time of the crash,” McMichael said. “It appears he rode into the path of the vehicle and was struck.”

The driver of the 2009 Jeep SUV that hit Thompson is cooperating fully with investigators, McMichael said.

The accident happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in the 2300 block of West Main Street, near the entrance of the Sawmill neighborhood. After hitting the rider, the driver of the SUV immediately stopped and called 911, McMichael said, and she also voluntarily submitted to a blood test.

The SUV was westbound on Main Street at the time of the crash. According to investigators, it appears Thompson was attempting to cross Main Street. The driver said the rider “flew out” in front of her and hit the side of her car, according to reports.

No criminal charges are expected to be filed at this time, McMichael said.

First-responders from the Greenfield Fire Territory; Greenfield Police Department; Hancock County Sheriff’s Department; Indianapolis Fire Department and the Fountaintown Fire Department were at the scene.

Members of the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team took over the scene shortly after midnight, according to a response report.