Bass Lake Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

A Bass Lake man died Wednesday after being injured in a motorcycle accident.

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department determined that William (Bill) Wagner, 55, was on State Road 10 just west of the Bass Lake Beach and went left of center just prior to the start of a curve. The motorcycle then went into a ditch, struck a raised driveway causing it to go airborne. The motorcycle landed on the front wheel and the back went airborne. The driver and the motorcycle then hit a tree.

Wagner was found unconscious and still breathing when emergency responders arrived at the scene, but he later died of his injuries at IU Health Starke Hospital.

There were no witnesses to the accident and officers have not yet determined the reason for why the motorcycle left the roadway.