JACKSON TOWNSHIP — Police said Monday they plan to seek additional charges against a Tennessee woman following the death of a Michigan City woman involved in a crash last weekend north of Valparaiso.
Rachel Dover, of Clarksville, Tennessee, was arrested after the crash about 7:50 p.m. Saturday on two counts of felony operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and two misdemeanor OWI counts.
Nanette Howard, 55, died Saturday night at an Illinois hospital from injuries she suffered when Dover pulled out in front of the motorcycle on which Howard was riding, police said.
Police have asked the Porter County prosecutor's office to file additional felony OWI causing death charges against Dover, Porter County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Sgt. Jamie Erow said.
Dover also was cited the night of the crash for failure to yield the right of way and refusal to submit to a chemical test, police said.
Police said Dover was driving a blue 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt south on County Road 550 East near U.S. 6. when she pulled out in front of the motorcycle in Jackson Township.
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Howard and motorcycle driver Donald McCarthy, 68, of Chesterton, were both injured in the crash.
Howard was flown to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead at 11:26 p.m. Saturday. She died from multiple injuries caused by the crash, and her death was ruled an accident, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Police on Monday corrected an earlier statement about where McCarthy was taken for treatment, saying he went to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary.
Neither Howard nor McCarthy were wearing helmets, police said.
Police on Saturday said toxicology results were pending, but alcohol may also have been a factor for McCarthy.