Scott County Motorcycle Crash Victim Identified

An Indiana man is killed when a car crashed into him in Scott County. It happened Tuesday afternoon along U.S. 460 near the Franklin County line.

Officials say the car crossed to centerline and hit Ronald Harris, 56, head on. The Scott County coroner pronounced Harris dead at the scene.

We're told Harris was from Bloomington and was travelling through Kentucky. Police say they do not suspect alcohol or speed contributed to the crash. Harris was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

No charges have been filed against the driver of the car.


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  • by DB Location: Kentucky on Dec 13, 2007 at 06:50 AM
    To Rainman. You sir, are grossly mistaken. I also ride. And I ride that road often. There are lots of curves . I live here. I know how rainy it was. It happened on a curve. Do you have any proof she was driving recklessly? Using a cell phone? Under the influence? Eating a sandwich? No. It was a storm. Roads are dangerous when it storms. That's why I keep my bike in the garage on such days. This is sad. But blaming a college student is useless, and significantly lame. A driver from your state killed 2 motorcyclists and ripped the leg off another--she was under the influence, and crossed the center line on a straightaway in perfect weather. She was charged, and was found not guilty. So don't whine needlessly. It doesn't always work out the way you want. If you can't be honest with yourself and admit that Ron has to share in the blame for riding under such conditions, then so be it... I grieve for him and for his friends, but I can be objective about the facts.
  • by thediode Location: Kentucky on Oct 22, 2007 at 05:04 AM
    OOpps "my bad" just doesn't get it for me. They should be checking the drivers cell phone call list. She was most likely talking on a cell phone , texting or may be doing her nails. She killed someone from her negligence, hang her out to dry.
  • by Rainman Location: bloomingon on Oct 20, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    In response to DB Location: Kentucky. I ride a bike and have traveled this part of 460 more than 100 times. and there is not enough of a curve in this part of the highway to loose control of your car with ice on the road, much less wet roads. And DB remember you said (Stuff happens in the rain), not unless your driving ability is impaired. If all of you that drive cars only would pay as much attention to your driving there would not be any news such as this. You don’t see bikers driving down the road with the cell phone stuck to their ear, or in front of their face text messaging, or reaching across the seat to get what ever. Think about that, rain or no rain that is negligence on the driver and SHOULD be charged. NO charges????? There probably wont be any charges filed, just another D_ _ biker we don’t have to worry about. Ron was a good friend of mine and that makes it even worse. We have as much right to drive a motorcycle as you have in driving a car. If you are DUI and cross the centerline you are charged with murder. So I guess what KY is saying you can cross the centerline and kill a biker and you get a BIG GOLD STAR. I agree with Wahneta had this been an officer killed you all would have had them behind bars before you even knew their names. Just remember a good man was killed unnecessary and a life has been lost for WHAT!!!!!!!! Ron’s life was helping other people in times of trouble. No matter what kind of trouble. JUST ask anyone who knew of him. PS. must have been a politician’s daughter. WE ARE BURYING RON TOMORROW AND I HOPE SHE FEELS THE PAIN OF EACH AND EVERYONE OF IS FRIENDS AND CAN NOT SLEEP ANOTHER NIGHT IN PEACE. JUST NOT HER BUT ANYONE THAT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS CASE AND INVESTIGATIONS. GIVE RON THE JUSTICE HE DESERVES Rainman.
  • by BJ Location: Kentucky on Oct 20, 2007 at 03:07 PM
    It was a windy morning with lots of rain, so the roads are very slick for both motorcycles and cars. Unfortunately, it was the wrong place at the wrong time. If she hit a car, with a driver in a seat belt, no death may have been involved. Should she be charged just because the other driver was on a motorcycle? That would not be justice. She had limited visibility on slick roads. This was not the best time to be on a motorcycle. They mentioned helmets, seatbelts, and alcohol/drugs because that's what people want to know about in such a wreck. It goes a long way toward encouraging safety for other drivers and riders.
  • by 5-O Location: KY on Oct 19, 2007 at 12:18 PM
    Wahneta, have you ever noticed that with every single story posted, someone eventually get around to bashing cops. The cops can charge them, but if the district attorney won't prosecute or the jury won't convict anyway, what's the point. In a fatality accident I'm sure that any charges that are brought or aren't brought are seriously thought out and not just "I'm hungry for a donut, I don't have time to do the paperwork", as I'm sure that you imagine. Sorry for your loss.
  • by anonymous on Oct 19, 2007 at 11:45 AM
    It's standard human nature to be angry at the death of a loved one, and to want to blame someone. This young girl lost control of her car with no intent to kill anyone. I'm sorry the biker was killed, and I ride, too, but there is a certain amount of risk there that I have to accept, i.e., cars are bigger than me and more protected. With that noted, calling for charges against a young, sober, undrugged, non-speeding person who lost control of her vehicle is unwarranted. Is it really that important to you guys to get a charge against the driver, who is undoubtedly reliving this every minute of the day as it is? Would that bring him back? What's your goal here.
  • by Wahneta Location: Indiana on Oct 19, 2007 at 07:26 AM
    NO charges?? That's WRONG! Reguardless of car-vs-bike-vs-truck, when someone crosses a double yellow line and causes an accident there should be charges filed. If it were an officer killed, I bet someone would remember the term "involuntary man-slaughter." Ron was always a joy to be around. We will miss him tremendously.
  • by SW Location: Delaware on Oct 19, 2007 at 05:55 AM
    The car crossed the centerline and killed a person, but no charges have been filed? So nobody has a problem with the car driver not being in control of their vehicle? It's ironic that there's a link to an article about a driver killing a man in a wheelchair being charged with murder on this page. So do you only charge drivers that kill people if they are DUI?
  • by Harry Location: Michigan on Oct 18, 2007 at 07:57 PM
    Ron was a good friend of mine, he didn't deserve this. unfortunately this young lady has to live with this the rest of her life. Seems to me up here in mi if you lose control of your vehicle you get ticketed ,kill someone in said manor you get worse. sounds like someone in ky dropped the ball. Ron will be greatly missed by many HarryC
  • by Barry Location: Michigan on Oct 18, 2007 at 06:15 PM
    I am deeply saddened when I hear that reckless driver has killed another motorcyclist. Ron was a good man with many friends and family that will miss him very much. When are there going to penalty's that start making 4-wheelers take their driving seriously. I hope that charges will be filed and the driver at fault will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. As a Motorcyclist and Truck Driver I see people driving every day that have no business being behind the wheel. When are the States, courts, and insurance company's going to take these drunk, drugged, and distracted drivers off the road permanently. It is a disgrace to the courts when an automobile driver gets a slap on the wrist for killing a motorcyclist.
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