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A motorist and a motorcyclist were both cited on Sunday for participating in a speed contest, following a two-vehicle accident on I-65 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 3:15 p.m. a trooper responded to the crash scene, located at the 255 mile marker near Merrillville, and determined--from witness statements--that the driver of a 2017 Ford Mustang which rear-ended a second vehicle had “been racing a green sport bike prior to the crash.”

“Both vehicles were reportedly passing on the shoulders, weaving in and out of traffic, and driving at speeds estimated to be over 100 miles per hour,” police said.

The driver of the Mustang, Tyler Rimkus, 25, of Lake Station, was issued a citation for participating in a speed contest, police said.

The motorcyclist, identified as Zachary Alexander, left the scene after the crash but was subsequently located at an address in Portage, police said. He too was issued a citation for participating in a speed contest.

“Troopers are still enforcing traffic laws and thoroughly investigating all crashes,” the ISP said. “Traffic might be light but that is not a reason to speed and put other innocent drivers at risk of serious injury.”


Posted 4/7/2020




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