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Motorcyclist dies following Friday morning in crash with van

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The accident happened about 8:30 a.m. at Leesburg and Rapp roads.

Friday, July 14, 2017 04:22 pm

A Columbia City man has died after being injured in a van-motorcycle accident reported about 8:30 a.m. Friday at Leesburg and Rapp roads near the Allen-Whitley County line.

Erik S. Mollberg, 57, died from blunt force trauma due to the accident, the Allen County Coroner's office reported Friday afternoon. The death was ruled an accident.

Investigators with the Allen County Sheriff's Department reported a Black Dodge Caravan was westbound on Leesburg Road before attempting to turn southbound on Rapp Road, the report said. The van turned in front of Mollberg, who was traveling east on Leesburg Road, and his motorcycle hit the van in the intersection, the report said.

Mollberg was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, where he later died, the sheriff's department reported. The driver and passenger of the Dodge Caravan were not injured.

Mollberg, assistant manager for Access Fort Wayne at the Allen County Public Library and manager of the library's low-power, community radio station, WELT, 95.7-FM, is the 22nd traffic fatality for Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2017, the coroner's office said.

The accident remains under investigation by the sheriff's department, coroner and Allen County Prosecutor's office.

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