Marion Co. Sheriff deputy killed in motorcycle crash

Deputy Eric Stofer. (Provided Photo/Marion County Sheriff's Office)

MARION COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — A motorcycle crash Sunday evening has claimed the life of an off-duty Marion County Sheriff”s Deputy.

Around 7:30 p.m. Indiana State Police were called to a serious motorcycle crash in the 8900 block of Acton Road.

Initial reports indicate 35-year-old Eric W. Stofer was riding a Silver 2002 Suzuki motorcycle when he struck a pothole.

Investigators say Stofer lost control of the motorcycle which crash and landed on top of him. Police say no other factors appear to have contributed to the crash.

“It’s unspeakable the loss , not just as a deputy sheriff but as a human being, to his family,” said Marion Co. Sheriff John Layton.

When asked about the potholes, Sheriff Layton said in a news conference today, “We don’t have any information on any complaints that had been on that particular stretch of road. There might or may not have been, we’ll be checking into that, etc. But all in all, the reports that we have gotten is that the city has been doing a pretty good job of getting to them as soon as they can.”

According to state police, Deputy Stofer was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Officials say Stofer worked as an inmate transportation deputy in the jail division of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. He had been with the sheriff’s department since 2003. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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