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Man airlifted after car hits motorcycle

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By Mallory Bilger

A Friday car versus motorcycle accident sent a Taylorsville man to the hospital with serious injuries.

David G. Bertrand, 60, of Taylorsville, was traveling east on Elk Creek Road around 5:11 p.m. on his 1996 Harley Davidson when he was struck by a 2002 Ford Taurus driven by Jo C. Woodward, 66, of Taylorsville, according to Spencer County Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Thomas’ collision report. According to the report, Woodward was was traveling west in a curve and drove into the oncoming lane approximately eight feet. Bertrand saw Woodward and swerved but was unable to avoid her vehicle. Woodward hit Bertrand’s motorcycle with the front driver’ s side of her car, causing it to spin sideways and hit the ground. According to the report, Bertrand was thrown approximately 10 feet.
Woodward told law enforcement and Spencer Magnet staff at the scene that she did not see Bertrand.
According to the report, “(Woodward) stated she never saw (Bertrand) and was unable to tell why her vehicle was in the oncoming lane. (Woodward) was unaware that she had hit (Bertrand) until she got out of her vehicle and saw (Bertrand) laying in the roadway.”
Bertrand was transported to University of Louisville hospital via helicopter with serious injuries. Woodward was not injured, according to the report.
The sheriff’s department noted inattention and improper control as the contributing factors in the accident.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.