Motorcyclist dies in northwest Indiana crash

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A 51-year-old woman driving a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday night in northwest Indiana.

Teresa Lawhead was driving a black 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle west on County Road 1100N in Chesterton about 2:30 p.m. when her bike struck the right rear passenger side of a blue 2005 Kia Spectra, which was making a left turn onto North Green Meadow Lane, according to a report from Chesterton police.

When officers arrived at the scene, Lawhead was bleeding from her head, arms and legs, police said. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

She was taken to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary, but was later transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead at 11:24 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She lived in the 800 block of South 19th Street in Chesterton.

An autopsy Wednesday found she died from multiple injuries suffered in the crash and her death was ruled an accident.

The 48-year-old Valparaiso man driving the KIA said he did not see the motorcycle approaching from the opposite direction before he made the left turn, police said. He was not injured.

The crash report did not indicate whether the driver of the KIA was cited.

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