Two area motorcyclists died as a result of injuries they suffered in crashes on Sunday.
20-year-old Domnik Kazmierczak died Sunday evening from critical injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash near the intersection of Edison and Butternut Roads.
Monday afternoon, Dale Greensides, 32, also died of injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident near Middlebury earlier in afternoon on Sunday.
Both were taken to South Bend Memorial within hours of each other.
Police say the fatal accidents were just two in a string of serious crashes involving motorcycles during the Easter holiday weekend.
"I think given the extreme winter we had this year, now that were starting to get some of these really nice days the bikes are going to be out in large numbers," said Lt. Matt Blank of the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Dept. "As just an average driver we need to be more aware and keep a better look out for these motorcycles."
Witnesses say Kazmierczak was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
"His motorcycle was across the street and the parts were all over the road and half of part of this helmet - the eye glass and helmet was on the back on the truck," said Hershel Newman, who lives in the house at the intersection of the crash and witnessed the aftermath.
But helmets aren't required by law in Indiana is the driver has the proper endorsement.
"At certain speeds," Lt. Blank said, "the helmet's not really going to be the thing that saves your life."
He suggested that drivers and bikers make an effort to stay vigilant of each other, especially when it comes to following distances.
"If you're on a motorcycle and somebody comes up close behind you it can be kind of unsettling. So you know you don't want to do anything in that regard that might actually cause an accident because someone was uncomfortable with the distance you're following," he said.
And neighbors who witnessed the aftermath of the crash on Edison Rd. agree.
"I'm a rider too and it really hits home when you see something like that," said Michael Lambert, who lives down the street from the crash site. "I know this is the beginning of the season they're not used to having to deal with biker but now that they're out there they have to watch a little closer."