A Burns Harbor motorcyclist was seriously injured Wednesday after running
into the side of a semi-tractor trailer at the intersection of North Calumet
Road and Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton Police said.
According to police, at 1:18 p.m. Kevin L. Jones, 40, was northbound on
North Calumet Road, reportedly at a high rate of speed, when he attempted to
turn right onto eastbound Indian Boundary Road. Jones, however, was unable
to negotiate the turn and struck the driver’s side of a semi westbound on
Indian Boundary Road and slowing for a red light.
Police identified the trucker as Steven R. Palmer, 51, of Rolling Prairie,
A witness--who advised police that, just prior to the crash, it seemed to
him that Jones was “traveling too fast”--saw Jones hit the side of Palmer’s
tractor, then slide down the first three sets of tires before coming to rest
on top of his 2000 Harley Davidson.
Jones sustained “severe bleeding” to the head, police said.
“I tired to speak with Mr. Jones,” the investigating officer stated in his
report, “but he would pick up his head up, then put his head back down,
appearing in and out of consciousness.”
Jones was transported to Porter Regional Hospital but Fire Chief John Jarka
told the Chesterton Tribune today that it was his understanding that
Jones was later moved to a hospital in South Bend.