Funeral arrangements being set for Hamilton County deputy


NOBLESVILLE - Over a dozen Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy cars escorted the body of a fellow officer killed in a tragic crash to a Noblesville funeral home.

The deputy died Sunday when his motorcycle hit a car that pulled in front of him. Deputy Lee Nyeayea leaves behind a pregnant wife and five children.

The crash happened at Binford and Kessler, an intersection listed among the city's most dangerous.

Sunday afternoon, Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Lee Nyeayea was on his way to ride with the 317 Ryders motorcycle club when a car pulled out in front of him at Binford and Kessler. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

"At the end of the day it was a tragic accident and our loss," said Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen.

Just last week, the intersection was named the fourth most dangerous in the city.

"There's a large volume of traffic that comes through here both in the morning and afternoon to and from Indianapolis and it is a fairly large highway that we do have speeds on," said Don Bickel, director of the Marion County Traffic Safety Partnership. Bickel says while this accident is still under investigation, he finds driver inattention plays a major role in most crashes.

"We need to have the motorcyclists be aware of the cars but also drivers be aware of motorcycles on the roadway," Bickel said.

The driver who pulled out in front of the deputy's motorcycle made a right hand turn onto Binford with a red light. Witnesses at the scene told officers the motorcycle was traveling as fast as 80 miles per hour.

There is no "no turn on red" sign at Binford and Kessler but Bickel doesn't believe a sign would change much.

"A lot of people don't even stop when there's a no turn on red sign. They may slow down but they don't stop so not necessarily the signage would make a big difference," Bickel said.

Jimmy McMillian is the vice president of 317 Ryders. He says Lee always preached safety to other members, and always set a good example.

"I know him to be a safe rider. I know him to put safety first," said McMillian.

As the investigation into the crash continues, the focus is on education and remembrance of a man who made a positive difference for so many.

Funeral arrangements are still being set.