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Bicyclist struck by semi, killed on Indiana 49 here

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A bicyclist was struck by a semi-tractor trailer on Ind. 49 on Saturday and killed, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris is reporting.

The victim was identified as David A. Jones, 24, of Chesterton.

At 5:12 a.m. Jones was bicycling eastbound on East Porter Ave. when he attempted to cross Ind. 49 and was hit by the semi.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force injuries, Harris said. Results of a routine toxicology screen on both Jones and the trucker are pending, Harris added.

Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski identified the trucker as Neil Applen, 65, of Rochester, Minn., who advised investigators that he had a green light at the time of the accident and estimated his speed at approximately 40 miles per hour.

Applen stated that he realized that he’d struck something and then saw a person and a bicycle in the roadway. Cincoski told the Chesterton Tribune that Applen was able to come to a complete, controlled stop 270 feet south of the intersection. Applen, an independent owner/operator, was not injured.

Chesterton Fire Department Capt. Aimee Gilbert said that it had begun to snow fairly heavily when the crash occurred but that there hadn’t yet been any significant accumulation.



Posted 12/11/2017




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