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Tanner Pike (22) 0n a 2011 1198SP Ducati hit the side of a minivan during rush hour on the east side of Indianapolis a few days ago. Funeral is tmrw. He was pronounced dead at the scene. This was the bike Hayden rode to test the new pavement at the Indy Motor Speedway before last years GP. The dealership sold it when Nicki was done with it.

Don't know details or who was at fault. Either way, a young rider is gone and a great bike is no more.
 

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Police have identified the motorcyclist who died in Monday’s Far-Eastside crash as 22-year-old Tanner Pike of Indianapolis.

The accident happened just after 5 p.m. at Washington Street and Post Road. A report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department states that the motorcycle was headed east on Washington Street when it collided with a minivan turning south onto Post Road.


Pike was pronounced dead at the scene.


The driver of the minivan, 59-year-old Myrtle Brooks, Indianapolis, was ejected from her vehicle after the motorcycle struck the passenger side front door, the report says. Brooks sustained non-life-threatening injuries.


Investigators do not think alcohol was a factor in the accident.
 

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INDIANAPOLIS - A motorcyclist was killed in a crash on the east side of Indianapolis Monday.

The accident happened at the intersection of E. Washington Street and Post Road just before 5 pm. Police arrived at the scene and found a 22-year-old male motorcyclists critically injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told investigators the motorcycle was eastbound on Washington toward Post, while a minivan driven by 59-year-old Myrtle Brooks of Indianapolis was driving west on Washington, attempting to turn south on Post when the crash occurred.

Investigators are not sure which of the vehicles is the striking vehicle and have also not determined if alcohol is a factor.

Brooks was treated by medics at the scene and released.

The identity of the motorcyclist is being withheld at this time.
 

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Very Sad indeed. So young.
Condolences to his family
 

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Amazing accomplishments for his age.

Born April 18, 1989, the world became a brighter place. Everyone who knew Tanner knew his passion to live life beyond the fullest. He graduated from Tecumseh High School where he began the Snowboard Club of Tecumseh. He attended the NASCAR Technical Institute where he graduated with honors and was Nissan certified. As a child Tanner was a member of peewee team Stars Cheer Elite, who were three time National Champions. In his early teens Tanner was a Fire Cadet for Pigeon Township and became the youngest in the state of Indiana to be certified in Hazmat First Responder. He was a member of Ducati's Elite Desmosedici Riders Club and was a FAA certified pilot. Tanner was a compassionate young man and at the age of 12 adopted an African boy, who he sent his allowance money to in order to ensure the little boy across the world would have food, clean water and a better life.

During the 2005 tornadoes that ravaged Evansville and Newburgh, Tanner walked from house to house looking for survivors, and during the last few winters he would hand out blankets to the homeless. Tanner enjoyed everything life had to offer including piloting, motorcycle riding/racing and more recently scuba diving. He also enjoyed star gazing, drifting in 240 SX and kayaking, surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, hiking, racing BMX and four-wheelers, cliff diving in Lake Norman, playing guitar and making people laugh. Most of all Tanner loved his girlfriend Jordan, his family and his many friends.
 

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Read about this last night at the dealer's FB page....sad story. There have been a rather high number of accidents around here so far this season...bad start of season so far...

RIP
 

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Very sad. R.I.P. Tanner
 

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It’s sad when ever a young person is lost. This one more so for me given that he was a Ducatista. I have lots of photos of his bike as it was on display at Ducati Indy during last year’s MotoGP weekend. The sales pitch was that the bike would be sold with new tyres and wheels too if the buyer so wished. This so the new owner would be able to display the tyres Niki used to verify the Indy circuit's upgrades. And it was very evident that Niki really poured on the coals coming out of that last left-hander before parking the bike.
From the reports it sounds like the classic left turn, "Oh, I didn't see that motorcycle" incident.

 

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From the reports it sounds like the classic left turn, "Oh, I didn't see that motorcycle" incident.
Been there....done that....it sucks....and hurts...had a much better ending though....but with all the texting, make-up, deal with the kids, be on the phone....one has hardly any time left for the actual part of driving.... :rolleyes:
 

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Rip

Its a dangerous thing we do, we do it by choice, we do it because it is who we are. And when we don't, we go on to a better place be cause its were we belong. godspeed.
BobL.
 

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Sad story and condolences to his nearest and dearest.

We need to remember it's not a knitting hobby we have..................as Hill Street Blues, ''Hey, lets be carefull out there''
 

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We know it can happen to us whether we are riding a sportsbike or driving a car...In certain respects we are safer on bikes..in others it is far dicier...None of this logic makes this tragic event any easier to accept though...You have to feel for the guy and his loved ones.

Joe
 

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Its a great tragedy nonetheless, but I wonder if he was wearing gear. I don't think there is a helmet law in Indiana.
 

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There isn't, but his friends say he always did. I have not read or heard if he was this time. I rarely see a Duc guy without gear and he was when I met him last summer. Last summer in greenwood IN a 17 yr old was taking his 16 yr old girlfriend for a ride. A car did turn in front of them, he had a helmet, she didn't, he lived, she didn't.

I ride through town like everyone is trying to kill me. Some of the deaths last summer were the rider being stupid. Others were no fault of their own. I hope this bad beginning does not continue. He was a good guy.
 
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