A Plymouth, Minn., woman was killed on I-65 in Lake County on Thursday after
her husband lost control of the motorcycle on which she was a passenger, the
Indiana State Police said.
The victim was identified as Lori K. Rutten, 55.
According to police, at 10:10 a.m. Roger Rutten, 59, was northbound on I-65,
one mile south of the Crown Point exit, when he attempted to move from the
right to the left lane. But Rutten lost control of his 2012 Harley Davidson
when it struck an uneven portion of roadway, police said, and the motorcycle
flipped, ejecting both him and his wife over the median barrier cables and
into the grassy median.
Lori Rutten was pronounced dead at the scene of massive blunt force trauma,
police said. Roger Rutten was transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in
Crown Point with critical injuries, then later airlifted to Advocate Christ
Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill.
Neither of the Ruttens was wearing a helmet, police said.
The ISP noted that there is currently lane re-paving underway on that
stretch of I-65, which has left the right lane lower than the left.
“Construction and uneven pavement signs are present.”
The left northbound lane was closed until 1 p.m. for reconstruction of the
crash and cleanup.