Local man killed in motorcycle accident

SPEARSVILLE — A Brown County man was killed over the holiday weekend in a motorcycle crash on Peoga Road.

Timothy Cave, 60, died at the scene due of blunt force trauma, Coroner Earl Piper said.

His wife, Ramona, 58, known as “Mona,” was riding with him. She was flown to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital with head trauma and internal injuries, the accident report said.

Tim was not wearing a helmet; Mona was, the report by Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Jackson said.

The crash happened at about noon July 2 in the 3500 block of Peoga Road.

Anna Burkhart, 76, of Nineveh, told police she was leaving a church parking lot and looked both ways before exiting. She was driving east when she pulled forward and came to a stop; then Cave, who was driving west, put on his brakes and went past her, the report said.

Burkhart was not injured; the motorcycle did not come in contact with her car, the officer said.

He said that from looking at the motorcycle tire marks, it appeared that Cave locked up his brakes and the bike began to slide sideways; then, the bike flipped onto its side, ejecting both riders.

When Jackson arrived at around 12:15 p.m., two firemen were on scene giving aid to the couple.

Mona was semi-conscious and her speech was unclear, Jackson said. A medical helicopter had already been called for her.

Jackson said Tim was awake, asking for help and trying to move, but he was unable to give police his name. The officer noted that his head injury appeared to be severe.

A second medical helicopter was requested and emergency personnel continued to try to stabilize Tim, but he died at the scene at around 1 p.m., the accident report said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover funeral costs, trips for their children who are traveling to and from the hospital daily, and other expenses Ramona will have once she is home.

As of July 5, $1,825 had been raised of the $10,000 goal.

“Mona and Tim were wonderful neighbors to our family during our 14 years at Ridge Acres,” Brenda Maulden wrote on the fundraising site.

“Tim was a wonderful man and we have only fond thoughts at the mention of his name.”

Longtime friend Terresa Branham set up the page.

“If you know Tim and Mona Cave, you know they are the kindest, most helpful people you could ever meet and they would rally around their friends, family members and neighbors in a heartbeat, often quietly so as not to draw attention to themselves. They would never ask for help, even when they were in need; they just gave so selflessly,” she wrote.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers business, cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.