CHESTERTON | A retired Chesterton doctor was killed Tuesday night when he was ejected from his vehicle in a rollover crash on Interstate 94, police said.
Dr. Sridhar R. Mothkur was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on I-94 near the scales at mile marker 29, police said. The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma suffered in a motor vehicle accident.
According to Indiana State Police, at 9:23 p.m., Mothkur was speeding east in a 2003 Lexus in the left lane of I-94 when he hit the driver's side rear of a box trailer traveling in the middle lane.
The impact caused the Lexus to flip, rollover multiple times and eject Mothkur. Police said Mothkur came to rest on the inner shoulder.
He was not wearing a seatbelt.
His Lexus continued to roll and flipped over the concrete median wall before coming to rest on the inner shoulder on westbound I-94, police said.
The driver of the semi, A 42-year-old Michigan man, was not injured. The 2000 Freightliner was hauling close to 7,000 pounds of auto parts.
Police closed traffic in both directions for the investigation and diverted motorists and Ind. 49. All lanes of traffic reopened about 2 a.m.
Mothkur was a retired radiologist affiliated with Michigan City Radiologists, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris confirmed Wednesday.
According to Franciscan Alliance representatives, Mothkur was a contracted radiologist with Franciscan Alliance for more than 20 years, primarily serving at Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Michigan City.
Mothkur retired in February 2012, Franciscan representatives said.