Motorcycle Crash Claims Life Of Orland Man
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

FREMONT, IN - A motorcycle crash that occurred on Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of an Orland man and left another in critical condition.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department says around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Kenneth R. Steele, age 74, and his passenger Janice Steele, age 75 also of Orland, was driving a black 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on State Road 120.

The pair crossed paths with the driver of a 2003 Ford Explorer.

Guy W. Griffith, age 68 of Fremont, turned onto CR 300 W from SR 120 when he turned into the path of Steele.

Upon impact, both riders of the motorcycle were ejected from the vehicle.

Kenneth Steele was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma, and Janice Steele sustained multiple injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital where she is in critical condition.

According to a release from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, neither motorcyclists were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Griffith sustained no injuries.
SR 120 was closed for 2 hours while the crash was being investigated.

Assisting at the scene were the Indiana State Police, Angola Police Department, Fremont Fire/Rescue, Steuben County EMS and the Steuben County Coroner’s Office.