Dyer man killed after crashing motorcycle into back of pickup truck on I-65

A Dyer man died after the 2018 Yamaha motorcycle he was riding struck the back of a pickup truck early Sunday on northbound Interstate 65 in Merrillville, Indiana State Police said.

Editor's Note: Indiana State Police initially misidentified the driver of the Ford F-150. The driver's name has been corrected.

MERRILLVILLE — A Dyer man died after crashing a motorcycle into the back of a pickup truck early Sunday on Interstate 65, just north of U.S. 30, police said.

Michael Derby, 26, was riding a 2018 Yamaha motorcycle north on I-65 in the right lane about 1 a.m. when he drifted into the middle lane and hit the back of a 2016 Ford F-150 driven by Tyler Hein, 20, of Crown Point, who was also northbound, Indiana State Police said.

Derby, who had been speeding, lost control of the motorcycle, struck a guardrail on the right side of the road and came to rest on the shoulder, police said.

The motorcycle slid across I-65 and came to rest on the left shoulder, about 500 feet from the crash scene.

A Lake County coroner's deputy pronounced Derby dead at the scene from blunt force trauma. The death was ruled an accident, the coroner's office said.

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Goldak was not injured.

Toxicology results are pending for both drivers, which is standard practice, police said.

Traffic was diverted off northbound I-65 until about 5:30 a.m. for investigation and cleanup, police said.

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