A seeming endless sea of potholes has plagued Indianapolis motorists for months, slowing morning commutes and flattening the occasional tire.
But the severity of the nagging infrastructure problem reached a new level Sunday night when a pothole on the Southeastside contributed to a motorcycle crash that killed a Marion County sheriff's deputy.
Eric W. Stofer, 35, was found underneath a silver 2002 Suzuki motorcycle about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, said Capt. Dave Bursten of the Indiana State Police.
Bursten said Stofer, who was off-duty at the time, was riding southbound in the 8900 block of Acton Road when he struck a pothole and lost control of the bike. No one else was riding on the motorcycle, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The incident illustrates that while many drivers consider potholes to be a bearable nuisance, they are an extremely dangerous obstacle for the roughly 200,000 registered Hoosier motorcyclists itching to get back on the road after a long winter . . .
"We've asked the Public Works Committee for $8 million for emergency resurfacing of the worst thoroughfares in every council district. They tabled our first request but may take it back up May 1," she said. "Still, this is only about 40 segments out of the hundreds that need serious repairs across the county."Funny, but I didn't see anywhere in the story where it mentioned that Ballard chose to spend ReBuild Indy money on frills like building a new cricket park on the east side and giving hundreds of millions of our tax dollars away to his pay-to-play pals for their private real estate development projects as a possible reason the city lacks money for street repairs.
Nobody saw Stofer crash so they're only surmising that his crash was caused by potholes in the road. The most important take-away from the story is that Stofer was not wearing a helmet. Police say they don't suspect alcohol or speed contributed to his death, but that's just speculation at this point. Yeah, I know that Indiana law doesn't require motorcyclists to wear helmets because it's our God-given right not to wear one and suffer a traumatic brain injury or death whenever we crash our motorcycles.
The story also notes that pothole requests for Acton Road were submitted in December, but a spokesperson for the Department of Public Works couldn't say whether the requests related to the potholes near the scene of Stofer's crash. The spokesperson claims the Department has received 14,500 pothole repair requests this year, about 9,000 more than it received last year. DPW sent repair crews out yesterday to repair the potholes on Acton Road following Stofer's death Sunday evening. The section of Acton Road where Stofer was killed is in Councilor Aaron Freeman's district.