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Chesterton motorcyclist dies in crash on US 20 in Portage

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A Chesterton motorcyclist died Friday after colliding with a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 20 in Portage, Portage Police said.

The victim was identified as Christopher Egener, 33. He was pronounced dead in the emergency room of Porter Portage Hospital Campus.

Sgt. Keith Hughes of the PPD gave this account of the crash. At approximately 8:55 p.m. Egener was eastbound in the inside lane of U.S. 20, operating a Kawasaki motorcycle, when he rear ended a Dodge Ram pickup truck stopped to make a left turn onto Old Porter Road. On impact Egenerís motorcycle burst into flame and an off-duty nurse and other witnesses pulled Egener away and began administering CPR, Hughes said. Egener was subsequently transported to Porter Portage Hospital Campus, where he died.

Witnesses estimated Egenerís speed at the time of the crash at 100 miles per hour, Hughes said. Egener left no skid marks and struck the pickup with such force that he pushed the bed of the truck into the cab and turned the tailgate into a V, Hughes added. The two occupants of the pickup sustained minor injuries.

Egener--who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash--died of massive trauma to the head and abdomen, Porter County Coroner Vicki Deppe said. The results of routine toxicology tests are pending.

The investigation is continuing, Hughes said.


Posted 9/1/2009