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Concord Township firefighters work on a silver sedan after the sedan and a motorcycle crashed on Old U.S. 20 on Sunday, July 20. (Emily Pfund/The Elkhart Truth)
Four Elkhart County motorcycle crashes kill three, injure one in the last week

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:32 a.m.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to four motorcycle crashes — three of which were fatal — in the last seven days.

“The nice weather brings out the two-wheeled vehicles in large numbers,” Undersheriff Sean Holmes wrote in a statement. ”We all need to be reminded to be aware, watch for them and share the road safely.“

The sheriff’s department asks motorcyclists to ride responsibly, wear a helmet and maintain a safe speed.

Two men died after crashes on Sunday, July 13.

Billy Joe Johnson, 32, of Elkhart, died at the scene after his motorcycle went off the road and struck a utility pole on C.R. 22 south of C.R. 28 around 1 p.m. July 13.

Michael Nunez, 33, of Elkhart was thrown from his motorcycle after he crashed into a stopped car at C.R. 6 and C.R. 15 about 7:45 p.m. July 13. He was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he died Monday evening.

Another Elkhart man was killed Sunday, July 20, after he crashed his motorcycle into an oncoming car on Old U.S. Highway 20 around 10:45 a.m. Sunday, July 20. Jason Espinoza, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shazzar Mack, 26, of Elkhart, was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend on Sunday, July 20, after a car turned in front of his motorcycle and he was unable to avoid the collision. He was listed in critical condition Monday morning, July 21.