Officials ID Gary man critically hurt in motorcycle crash

2013-08-25T15:16:00Z 2013-08-25T22:57:06Z Officials ID Gary man critically hurt in motorcycle crashTimes Staff
August 25, 2013 3:16 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | A motorcyclist airlifted in critical condition on Saturday is improving, a hospital spokesman said. 

Cecil Roach, 43, of Gary, was injured when the motorcycle he was driving west on Interstate 94 crashed into the rear of a westbound car near Michigan City, an Indiana State Police spokesman said. 

Evidence showed the motorcycle was traveling at high speed when the crash occurred just after 7:30 p.m., the state police spokesman said. Roach was ejected from the motorcycle and struck the rear of the car before landing on the road.

Roach, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head and facial injuries, police said.

A helicopter airlifted Roach from the crash scene to Memorial Hospital in South Bend. A hospital spokesman said Sunday that Roach arrived in critical condition but his condition is improving. 

The driver of the second vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban, was not injured, police said.

Westbound lanes of I-94 in LaPorte County were shut down for a time late Saturday to reconstruct the crash. Eastbound lanes were briefly closed for landing of the medevac helicopter.


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