Man leaving work killed in motorcycle wreck

By Clinton Dick
Ottawa Herald – April 10, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 17, 2014

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A typically busy portion of Davis Road was closed for about an hour late Tuesday afternoon but caused few traffic disruptions after a 33-year-old Osawatomie man leaving work was killed in a motorcycle wreck near the Ottawa Industrial Park.

Robert A Repine was traveling south on his motorcycle at about 4:06 p.m. on Davis Road, after leaving his workplace at the industrial park, and attempted to pass a Ford Pickup truck, also traveling south on Davis Road, when Repine lost control and went into the west ditch, Dennis Butler, Ottawa police chief, said. The motorcycle crossed North Industrial Avenue and went into the ditch before crashing in a grassy area just south of 1612 N. Davis Road, Butler said.

Repine was ejected 30 to 40 feet from the motorcycle, Butler said.

The motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet and “seemed to be traveling at a pretty high speed,” he said. There was no indication that alcohol or drugs were involved, police said.

Repine was unable to communicate with first responders, and his helmet had to be cut away, Butler said. He was treated at the scene by Franklin County Emergency Medical Services and the Ottawa Fire Department. Repine was transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

A segment of Davis Road was closed for at least an hour Tuesday afternoon before being re-opened to traffic, Butler said.

“Davis was closed and there was no access from Davis onto Enterprise (Street),” he said. “I’m sure there was some impact on travel routes. I didn’t see a lot of traffic when I was there. I didn’t receive or field any traffic complaints about the road being closed. It was blocked off clearly enough to where drivers were prevented going north on Davis from, I believe, Enterprise and they were not permitted to go south on Davis after the railroad tracks.”

The driver of the red Ford pickup was familiar with Repine, and it was Butler’s understanding that the two worked at the same facility. The driver of the pickup was uninjured, and there was no damaged to the vehicle, Weingartner said.

The Advanced Accident Investigation Team, comprised of officers with the Ottawa Police Department and deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the scene to conduct the investigation, Butler said.

No damage estimate was available Tuesday afternoon.

“(The motorcycle) was pretty messed up,” Butler said. “You couldn’t pick it up and ride it.”

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