Valpo pair seriously hurt in crash

2013-04-29T19:30:00Z 2013-04-30T00:36:03Z Valpo pair seriously hurt in crashStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 29, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

A Valparaiso woman Monday was listed in critical condition after a motorcycle she was riding Sunday was hit by a car.

Angela Oaks, 40, was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend where she was reported Monday afternoon in critical condition.

She was on the back seat of a 2005 Harley Davidson operated by Barry Frey, 44, also of Valparaiso, according to LaPorte County police.

He was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Michigan City by ambulance, then transfered to Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Just after 4 p.m., Elden Anderson, 65, of LaPorte was southbound on U.S. 421 in a 2002 Ford Taurus and stopped in the left turn lane to head east on Ind. 2, police said.

According to police, the investigation shows the traffic signal facing Anderson turned green when Anderson pulled out to execute a left turn.

However, police said Anderson turned into the path of the northbound motorcycle.

“You have to yield to oncoming traffic,” said LaPorte County police Chief Deputy Jim Sosinski, who added, “for some reason he didn't see the motorcycle.”

According to police, Oaks riding on the backseat of the motorcycle was bleeding severely from her head, police said.

Police said Frey was bleeding heavily from his hip and upper leg.

Oaks and Frey were not wearing helmets, police said.

Sosinski said motorcycles helmets are required in Indiana only for people under 18.

Despite the alleged traffic violation, police said no citations were written.

Sosinski said issuing a citation is a judgement call by the officer handling the accident investigation.

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