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September 5, 2013

Kokomo man killed in motorcycle crash

Deputies say victim wrecked bike on U.S. 31.

BUNKER HILL — A 57-year-old Kokomo man died after crashing his motorcycle Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 31.

Michael E. Buffum died from injuries sustained when he lost control of his 1999 Yamaha motorcycle at around 4 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. 31 and 1100 South in Miami County.

Miami County deputies said Buffum was attempting to avoid a vehicle crossing the roadway at the intersection. Deputies said his motorcycle went down on the pavement and skidded for several feet.

Buffum was airlifted to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he died from his injuries.

Indiana State Police, Bunker Hill Police, Grissom Fire, Galveston Fire and Miami County EMS assisted on scene. Deputies continue to investigate the incident.

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