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Woman killed in truck-motorcycle crash UPDATED 4:49 p.m. Friday
Updated on: 09.05.13

JACKSON TWP. -- A 27-year-old woman was killed Thursday morning in a crash on State Road 135 North while riding a motorcycle driven by her boyfriend.

Jennifer Garrison died in the crash in the 9200 block of State Road 135 North, said Brown County Chief Deputy Coroner Earl Piper.

She was a passenger on a motorcycle that was southbound on 135, between Fruitdale and the Morgan-Brown county line. Brown County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mike Moore reported that the driver, 33-year-old William Lambert, was passing other vehicles in a no-passing zone.

At a hill crest, the motorcycle met a northbound pickup truck driven by 56-year-old Allen Rutter of Morgantown. Moore reported that Lambert, trying to avoid a collision, lost control of the motorcycle in the northbound lane. The motorcycle went down, throwing Lambert and Garrison into the road, and slid more than 100 feet.

Rutter swerved to avoid the motorcycle, hitting Garrison, Moore reported. The pickup then hit a tree in a nearby yard, Piper said.

Garrison was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lambert was up and walking when Piper arrived. He was taken to a hospital for a toxicology screen, as is the policy for drivers in fatal crashes.

Rutter was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital with neck and back pain, Piper said.

Neither the motorcycle driver nor the passenger was wearing a helmet, Piper said.

Garrison's driver's license showed a Shelbyville address, but she was living in Greenwood with her boyfriend, Piper said. She was taken to a funeral home in Edinburgh, where her parents live.

Police and the coroner's office continue to investigate the crash.

Brown County deputies Paul Henderson and Nathan Tompkins, Jail Commander Tony Sciscoe, Morgantown Police Marshal Marvin McGregor, the Fruitdale and Morgantown fire departments and Columbus Regional Hospital EMS assisted at the scene.

The road was closed until shortly after 10 a.m.

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Josephine Lee Cueto, 62, Morgantown
  Daughter of Priscilla Burgmeier of Nashville

Mary 'Jane' Kollman, 92, Nashville
  Mother of Janet (Tom) Gaskins of Nashville

Charlotte K. (Adkins) Wilson, 67, Franklin
  Former resident of Brown County

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