TERRE HAUTE —
A motorcyclist who survived a 2012 crash that claimed the life of a fellow rider testified for the prosecution today in the trial of Travis A. Ley in Vigo County Superior Court Division 5.
Ley is charged with several felonies related to the May 22, 2012, crash, including a class-B felony charge of causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance in the blood.
Jacob T. Quinn, now 26, testified he and crash victim Leylahnd Owens had stopped at a restaurant before going on a ride. Quinn did not eat at the restaurant, but admitted he drank a beer prior to riding with Owens.
Quinn said Owens was ahead of him when their motorcycles collided with a white car driven by Ley at 17th and Hulman streets. Quinn said Ley’s vehicle pulled out in front of the two, leaving no time to respond or apply breaks.
Quinn said he recalled seeing headlights explode and a bright light. “I remember hearing a real loud boom. I remember flying through the air. I hit the ground and remember telling myself to calm down or your will die. I started taking slower breaths.,” Quinn said.
His injuries included broken bones in his leg and hand, Quinn testified. He said he remained in a wheelchair for seven or eight months following the accident.
Quinn told the jury he was later charged and pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment after the accident. His blood alcohol level was 0.108 from a blood test taken after the accident.
He received a three-year sentence, but served no time in jail, instead serving one year of in-home detention. He did not receive any court deal to testify at Ley’s trial, he told the jury.
Quinn also testified that he did not have a permit or driver’s license to operate the motorcycle he was riding.
Terre Haute Police Officer Jonathan Sweatt also testified today. He stated that after the accident, he transported Ley to Terre Haute Regional Hospital, where Ley consented to undergo blood and urine tests.
In opening arguments Tuesday, the prosecution stated that Ley had a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent in his system, as well as controlled substances such as amphetamine, methamphetamine and hydrocodone, following the accident.
On the witness stand today, Sweatt said he was in the neighborhood where the crash occurred, near Seventh and Hulman streets, on a report of motorcycles racing in the area.
On cross-examination by Rob Roberts, chief deputy prosecutor, Sweatt said the report of racing was west of the site where the accident occurred.
Testimony in the trial continues this afternoon.
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