Indiana motorcyclist killed after DC Rolling Thunder event

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WASHINGTON (AP/WISH) – An Indiana motorcyclist, who attended Sunday’s Rolling Thunder event died after a crash.

Craig Vanbrunt, 66, of Pendleton, Indiana died in a motorcycle crash after the event in D.C. According to Virginia State Police, the man lost control of the bike and couldn’t brake while he was traveling in the westbound lanes of Interstate 66 in Arlington County.

Medics took Vanbrunt to George Washington University Hospital, but he later died.

He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The Rolling Thunder event is organized to draw attention to veterans’ issues and dedicated to remembering prisoners of war and service members missing in action. Veterans gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the annual Rolling Thunder event, which brings thousands of motorcyclists to Washington each Memorial Day weekend.

Republican Donald Trump spoke at the event.

Gov. Mike Pence issued the following statement:

Karen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Craig Vanbrunt, who served our nation in uniform and lost his life honoring our prisoners of war and service members missing in action during this year’s Rolling Thunder activities in our nation’s Capital.

As Hoosiers pause this Memorial Day to remember our fallen heroes, we send our deepest condolences to the family of retired Army veteran Craig Vanbrunt, his friends and Rolling Thunder Indiana Chapter 1 on the passing of this devoted Hoosier soldier.

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