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Merrillville man dies after crashing motorcycle, police say
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Merrillville man dies after crashing motorcycle, police say

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CHICAGO — A Merrillville man died early Saturday after crashing his motorcycle on the Edens Expressway, Illinois State Police said. 

At 7:49 a.m. Saturday, Matthew Fritz, 43, of Merrillville, was driving a 2014 black KTM motorcycle northbound on Interstate 94 near Wilson Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle, police said. 

Ride along with Officer Jimmy Weller as he patrols the region's border of Lake Michigan as part of the Lake County Sheriff's Marine Unit. Video by Connor Burge. 

A preliminary investigation shows Fritz, after losing control of the motorcycle, traveled left of the road and struck a concrete barrier. He was ejected from the motorcycle, police said.

Fritz suffered life-threatening injuries, and was later pronounced dead on the scene at 8:12 a.m. by the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The cause and manner of his death are pending.

The northbound lanes of the Edens were closed for nearly three hours while a traffic crash investigation was conducted, police said.


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South Lake County Reporter

Mary Freda is the South Lake County reporter at The Times. She is a proud Ball State graduate, where she studied news journalism and Spanish. You can reach Mary at or 219-853-2563.

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