SUV driver ticketed in two-fatality motorcycle crash

2012-08-09T19:25:00Z 2012-08-09T22:26:09Z SUV driver ticketed in two-fatality motorcycle crashStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 09, 2012 7:25 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A Rolling Prairie woman received two traffic citations following the two-fatality collision with a motorcycle that killed a LaPorte couple Wednesday afternoon on Ind. 2

Shana Ford, 33, was cited for failure to yield and driving without a valid driver's license after she pulled her SUV onto the highway from County Road 300 East into the path of the motorcycle about 1 p.m. on Ind. 2.

Terence Blake, 54, and Linda Blake, 56, both of the 200 block of Scott Street, were killed instantly, officials said, when their motorcycle struck the driver's side of the SUV.

LaPorte County Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer said there were no skid marks from the motorcycle indicating the driver, Terence Blake, had little if any time to react.

Mollenhauer said he's not sure why Ford did not see the approaching motorcycle. He said there's good visibility at the intersection. Ford told investigators she looked both ways and didn't see any oncoming traffic before pulling out from the stop sign.

So far, there are no indications of any cellphone use or texting by the driver, said LaPorte County Police Capt. Heath Haferkamp. There's also no reason to believe the motorcycle was going other than the speed limit, she said.

Ford and her young son, who was in the SUV, were not injured, police said.

LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan said the Blakes were apparently out for a drive and heading home when the accident happened. He said the Blakes were not wearing helmets but it wouldn't have mattered given the speed at which they were traveling at impact.

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