In Indianapolis, potholes are not just a nuisance for drivers of all vehicles, but can also be deadly — especially for those who ride motorcycles. Most recently, a pothole took the life of a Marion County sheriff’s deputy.
Deputy Eric Stofer, off-duty at the time, was riding southbound on Acton Road when his 2002 Suzuki motorcycle hit a pothole, causing him to lose control. Stofer was later found beneath his motorcycle, with no signs that any other vehicle was involved in the accident.
Potholes throughout the area have drawn 14,500 complaints this year — or about 9,000 more than the previous year. Marion County is thought to have over 4,000 potholes. Indianapolis officials have been quick to note that crews of multiple workers are out each day, making sure the potholes are filled, and that the Indianapolis Department of Public Works has spent $1.4 million on labor and materials. Potholes usually occur when the snow and ice melt, with the resulting water seeping through cracks into the pavement, which later causes the pavement to rise and eventually break. Given the severe cold weather periods the state has endured, it is not surprising that the number of potholes has increased.
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