Motorcycle crash claims life of Seymour woman

A Seymour woman died after a motorcycle crash in Jackson County Thursday morning.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says that at about 10 a.m., 23-year-old Justin Smith, also of Seymour, was piloting a motorcycle north on State Road 11. Deputies say that 23-year-old Destiny Howard was a passenger on the bike. As Smith reached a curve near County Road 50 North, authorities say that he lost control of the motorcycle. The bike went down an embankment and Smith and Howard were thrown off, said police.

Police say that Smith called 911 and told dispatch that Howard wasn’t breathing. Medics with the Jackson County Ambulance Service arrived moments later and determined that the woman died from her injuries. Smith was taken to Schneck Medical Center for injuries to his legs and wrist.

The Sheriff’s Department says that both Smith and Howard were wearing helmets. They add that Smith had just purchased the motorcycle the day before the crash.