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Motorcyclist hit by car while lying in the road after crashing into guardrail, police say
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Motorcyclist hit by car while lying in the road after crashing into guardrail, police say

Motorcyclist hit by car while lying in the road after hitting guardrail

A Lake County coroner’s van in this file photo.

A motorcyclist was killed after two back-to-back crashes south of Valparaiso in rural Porter County Friday night.

Scott Sanders, a 57-year-old Valparaiso resident, was declared dead at the scene by the Porter County coroner's office.

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Porter County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched at 9:28 p.m. Friday to two crashes that took place near the intersection of Smoke Road and Country Road 450 South, about halfway between Valparaiso and Kouts.

In the first crash, a man driving a motorcycle northbound on Smoke Road disregarded a stop sign at the intersection and struck a guardrail, Cpl. Benjamin McFalls said. The motorcycle traveled into a field, and the driver was thrown into the southbound lane.

Within seconds, a woman driving a passenger vehicle traveling southbound on Smoke Road struck the man lying in the road, McFalls said. He was declared dead on the scene.

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The Porter County Sheriff's Office accident reconstruction team is investigating the crashes. Toxicology reports are pending.

Police are not seeking any criminal charges for the female driver, McFalls said.

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