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Police and fire


Motorcycle rider airlifted after crash

An Etna Green man was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital after a Tuesday afternoon motorcycle crash south of Warsaw.

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department deputies and emergency personnel were called at 2:21 p.m. to Indiana 25 at County Road 200 South.

Deputies reported finding a 1999 Harley-Davidson motorcycle had struck the back of a 2007 Cadillac and that the motorcycle rider was on the ground in respiratory distress. A medical helicopter was immediately requested and landed in front of the Warsaw Community High School.

Richard P. Lattea, 46, was flown to the city hospital in serious condition, the sheriff's department said in a written statement. He was listed in fair condition Wednesday morning, the hospital said.

A preliminary investigation indicated that the car slowed to turn east onto the county road when it was struck, the sheriff's department said. The 61-year-old driver from Warsaw was not injured.