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Additional charges filed against woman in fatal crash on US 6

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Upgraded felony counts have been filed against the Clarksville, Tenn., woman who police say hit a motorcycle head-on on U.S. 6 on Saturday, Nov. 5, in an accident which killed the motorcycle’s passenger.

Rachel Dover, 24, who also has a Westville address, was originally charged with operating while intoxicated-causing serious bodily injury, two counts, a Level 6 felony punishable by a term of six to 30 months.

Dover has since been charged with two counts of OWI-causing death: one a Level 4 felony--the defendant at least 21 years of age with a B.A.C. of greater than .15 percent--punishable by a term of two to 12 years; the second a Level 5 felony--B.A.C. greater than .08 percent--punishable by a term of one to six years.

According to police, at 7:38 p.m. Dover was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt southbound on C.R. 550E when she attempted to turn left onto eastbound U.S. 6 and struck head-on a motorcycle westbound on U.S. 6.

Operating the 1990 Harley Davidson Sportster was Donald McCarthy, 68, of Chesterton. Neither McCarthy nor his passenger, Nanette Howard, 55, of Michigan City, was wearing a helmet, police said.

Howard was airlifted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., with serious head and leg injuries, police said. At 2 a.m. Sunday the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office informed the PCSP that Howard had died of her injuries, police said.

McCarthy, was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary with head and foot injuries, police said.

Dover--who was issued a citation for failure to yield right of way and refusal to submit to a certified chemical test--was later transported to Porter County Jail.




Posted 11/10/2016





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