A Crown Point
motorcyclist died on Friday of injuries sustained in a three-vehicle
accident on Ind. 49 in Washington Township, the Porter County Sheriff’s
The victim has been
identified as Andrew Vloedman, 42.
police, at 11:18 a.m. Vloedman, operating a 2011 Harley Davidson Heritage
Softail, was northbound on Ind. 49 and stopping for a red light at the
intersection of C.R. 500N when a second vehicle rear-ended his motorcycle.
Police said that Vloedman was pushed into the intersection, where his Harley
struck the rear of a third vehicle which was turning left from eastbound
C.R. 500N onto northbound. Ind. 49.
Police said that
Vloedman--who was not wearing a helmet--was thrown from his motorcycle.
Vloedman was transported to Porter Regional Hospital’s ER, where he arrived
in full arrest and was subsequently pronounced dead of blunt injuries at 12
p.m., Coroner Chuck Harris reported.
the driver of the 2015 Honda Accord which rear-ended Vloedman’s motorcycle
as Lawrence Drummond, 58, of Valparaiso; and the driver of the 2009 GMC
Sierra whose rear Vloedman struck as Jackilyn Sturghill, 23, of Hebron.
Neither Drummond nor Sturghill was injured, police said.
lanes of Ind. 49 at that location were closed for approximately two hours,
An autopsy and
routine toxicology screen will be performed, Harris said, but “alcohol and
drugs are not suspected.”