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Valpo man dies in motorcycle crash, police say

Valpo man dies in motorcycle crash, police say

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LAPORTE — A Valparaiso man died late Saturday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle while taking part in a ride with a large number of other bikes, police said.

Robert Shepard, 60, was thrown from his motorcycle after striking another bike that had crashed in front of him, according to LaPorte County police.

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The crash occurred shortly after 4 p.m. while the group was slowing to turn from southbound County Road 400 West to westbound County Road 1000 South, police said. Shepard was riding as part of a group of 60 motorcycles.

A 61-year-old Hobart man crashed his motorcycle in front of Shepard, according to police. Both drivers were ejected from their motorcycles and suffered upper body injuries.

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The Hobart man was taken to an area hospital for treatment along with Shepard, who died while en route, police said.

Toxicology test results are pending and police say the investigation is ongoing.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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