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Retired Duneland teacher Ron West injured in crash

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Retired Duneland Schools teacher Ronald West was seriously injured last month after being struck while riding his motorcycle in Hebron.

According to Hebron Police, at 5:50 a.m. on June 5, West, 72, of Valparaiso, was southbound on Ind. 2, riding a 2009 Suzuki Sidekick, when a second motorist, northbound on Ind. 2, attempted to turn left in front of him onto westbound Boardwalk Street.

HPD identified the second motorist as Nathan W. Johnson, 18, of Hebron.

West sustained “serious injuries to his legs” and was transported to Porter hospital, HPD said. He was later transported to Christ Hospital in Chicago for treatment of a head injury.

Johnson—who HPD said registered a blood alcohol content of .02 percent—was charged with minor consumption of alcohol and issued citations for failure to yield and minor operation of a vehicle with a B.A.C. of at least .02 percent but less than .08 percent.

HPD estimated total damage to West’s motorcycle and Johnson’s 1999 Pontiac Sunfire at up to $10,000.



Posted 7/1/2010