HAMMOND | A 24-year-old Hammond man died Monday afternoon after a motorcycle crash there, officials said.
Rogelio Guerrero, of the 4700 block of Ash Avenue, was pronounced dead at 3:10 p.m. in the emergency room of Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond, the Lake County coroner's office said.
The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma suffered in a motorcycle accident in the 5200 block of Columbia Avenue.
Lt. Richard Hoyda of the Hammond Police Department said a 1994 Chevrolet Suburban being driven by a 50-year-old Hammond man was traveling north on Columbia Avenue and started to turn west into the GoLo gas station at the corner of Columbia Avenue and Roosevelt Street.
The driver told police his path was clear, but he saw a 2009 Kawasaki Ninja being driven by Guerrero change lanes at a high rate of speed coming toward the Suburban.
Hoyda said the driver of the Suburban told officers at the scene he tried to stop, but already was blocking Guerrero's path across the center yellow line.
Guerrero struck the front and mid-left side of the Suburban and was ejected from the motorcycle into the street. Hoyda said he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The accident remains under investigation, he said.