Motorcycle hits tree in Whitley County, kills two

A motorcycle accident Saturday night in Whitley County claimed the lives of a motorcyclist and his passenger, according to a police report.

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department responded to the single-motorcycle accident at 9:56 p.m. Saturday on Whitley County Road 450 East near Cider Mill Road. When officers arrived, they found the motorcycle operator and his passenger and pronounced them dead at the scene of the accident.

Police said Rick L. Bowling, 56, and his passenger, Jordan S. Tuttle, 28, both of Columbia City, were traveling southbound on County Road 450 East when the motorcycle left the west side of the road at about 2,900 feet south of the intersection with Cider Mill Road.

The motorcycle traveled about 50 feet before hitting a tree.