(7-4-21) On July 4, 2021 at 3:54 p.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue, Laura Fire Department, Darke County Accident Reconstruction Team and Miami Valley Care Flight responded to a 2 vehicle accident at the intersection of Red River West Grove Road and Penney Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Black 2008 Honda CMX250 motorcycle driven by Thomas Shatzley (85), of Pleasant Hill, was traveling south on Red River West Grove Road and attempted to turn east onto Penney Road. A Blue 2003 Honda Accord was traveling northbound on Red River West Grove Road driven by a juvenile (17), of Arcanum. Shatzley’s vehicle turned into the path of the Honda causing the vehicles to collide. Shatzley was ejected from his motorcycle.

Shatzley was taken by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital where he passed away from his injuries. The juvenile involved in the accident did not report any injuries.

This accident remains under investigation.