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ISP: Valparaiso motorcyclist dies in I-80 crash early today

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A Valparaiso motorcyclist was killed early this morning on I-80 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 3:37 a.m. John Arama, 64, was eastbound on I-80, just east of Chase Street, when for unknown reasons he “came off” his 2002 Road Hawk three-wheeler and landed in the left middle lane.

A semi-tractor trailer then struck Arama, who was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma, police said. The semi’s driver, Bryant Winfield, 30, of Country Club Hills, Ill., advised police that he was unable to avoid Arama in the roadway. Winfield was not injured and there was no road loss.

The motorcycle itself, meanwhile, continued eastbound on I-80 for half a mile before coming to rest, where it was sideswiped by Janet Gutierrez, 28, of Tonopah, Ariz., as she was swerving right to avoid it. Gutierrez also rear-ended a second semi in the left middle lane, causing her 2003 Ford Taurus to become engulfed in fire, police said.

Gutierrez and her passenger, Lily Jimenez, 18, of Phoenix, Ariz., were able to escape the burning car and were transported to Northlake Methodist Hospital in Gary with non-life threatening wounds, police said.

The driver of the second semi, Marko Jovicic, 37, of Indian Head Park, Ill., was not injured, police added.

All eastbound traffic was diverted off Burr Street until approximately 7:39 a.m., when all lanes were re-opened.

 

 

Posted 6/17/2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

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