Indiana man killed in motorcycle crash leaving Rolling Thunder event


Parked bikes are seen during the annual Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom” parade ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2016. (Photo credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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Indiana man in Washington DC for Rolling Thunder Event killed in motorcycle crash

WASHINGTON D.C. – An Indiana man was killed in a motorcycle crash during the Rolling Thunder event in Washington D.C. on Sunday.

According to Virginia State Police, a trooper responded to a single-vehicle crash in Arlington County around 4:13 p.m. on Sunday. The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of I-66 at the 74 mile marker.

A group of motorcycles were traveling in the westbound lanes of I-66 when they came upon stopped traffic approaching the Rosslyn Tunnel. One of the motorcycles was unable to brake in time and lost control. The motorcycle crashed and its rider, who was wearing a helmet, fell from the bike.

Craig A. Vanbrunt, 66, of Pendleton, Indiana, was transported to George Washington University Hospital, where he died later Sunday evening.

The crash remains under investigation.

The crash did not occur during the Rolling Thunder Ride.  Vanbrunt was part of a group that had participated in the ride earlier in the day – but they had completed their participation and were headed out.

The Rolling Thunder event draws thousands of bikers to D.C. each year to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces.

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