Warsaw Motorcyclist Dies Following Aug. 4 Crash

Glen Chupp / Kosciusko County Jail

The motorcyclist hit head-on by a car traveling 125 mph on Aug. 4 died from his injuries Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Edward J. Frost, 51, Warsaw, was driving his 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle west on East Pierceton Road near CR 600E, Winona Lake, around 7 p.m. Aug. 4.

A 1997 Pontiac Firebird, driven by 20-year-old Glen Chupp, Nappanee, was driving east on the road. According to the  probable cause affidavit filed Aug. 6 in Kosciusko Superior Court, Chupp was in a no-passing zone and passed a vehicle in front of him, striking Frost’s motorcycle “doing 120-125 miles per hour.” Court papers also state Chupp admitted he had smoked synthetic marijuana about three hours before the accident.

Frost was taken to Lutheran Hospital with multiple skull fractures, a broken leg and was unconscious. Doctors advised police that Frost might die from his injuries.

The probable cause states Chupp was currently on pretrial release for three counts of unlawful possession or use of a legend drug, a level 6 felony, and for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor.

Chupp also is on bond for operating a vehicle while intoxicated while endangering a person, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor. He posted the bond for those charges on July 25.

Chupp also is on probation in Lagrange County for a possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 6 felony, conviction.

Chupp was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail at 10:34 p.m. after the Aug. 4 accident after being cleared by Kosciusko Community Hospital, with a bond set at $5,250, on three counts of criminal recklessness, level 6 felonies. The language of criminal recklessness is defined as “did recklessly, knowingly or intentionally commit aggressive driving that resulted in serious bodily injury to another person.”

Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office said today any upgrade to charges against Chupp following Frost’s death will be reviewed.

Chupp is due in Kosciusko Superior Court at 1 p.m. Thursday for an initial hearing.