Indianapolis family wants answers from city after fatal motorcycle wreck

Officials investigating the scene of the motorcycle crash Friday night. (WTHR Photo)
Indy Family Blames City for Deadly Crash
Motorcyclist Killed After Hitting Tree
Family Upset with City after Deadly Crash
Indy Family Upset with City after Deadly Crash

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — An Indianapolis family says they have serious questions about the death of a loved one they believe could have been prevented.

Jerry Crawford died Friday night when his motorcycle hit a fallen tree around 11:15 p.m. on McCarty Street Friday. He was 42.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors told eyewitness news the tree had come down during Thursday’s storms and they reported it to the city.

"They’ve been out here multiple times, but they won’t do nothing about this tree," said Nora Lamon. "DPW's been out here taking pictures. The light company has been out here to fix the power line that was down right at the tree."

Crawford's family said hearing that the tree wasn't removed prior to the accident is devastating.

"I'm so mad because if they would have done their job, he would still be here. My kids would have a dad; I would still have a husband," said Crawford's wife Billie Jo Wise.

City officials said they are looking into the situation and released a statement to Eyewitness News Sunday:

"On Friday, May 17 at 10:25 a.m. a tree was reported down with power lines at 2607 West McCarty St. Due to the high volume of trees down in the right of way and IPL's workload with other storm-related issues, it will take some time to provide further details about crews' work at the site."

If you see downed trees in the city, you can report it to the Mayor's Action Center. The phone number is 317-327-4622. To report fallen power lines or power outages, you can call IPL at 317-261-8111.