Ten felony charges have been filed against a Union Township man who the
Porter County Sheriff’s Police said was intoxicated and under the influence
of cocaine and marijuana when he crashed his motorcycle in May on C.R. 350S
in Porter Township, in an accident which killed his passenger.
Eugene Raber, 48, of 319W 600N, was charged on Monday with two Class B
felonies, operating while intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration of
greater than .15 grams per 100 milliliters of blood and causing the death of
another person; and OWI with a controlled substance or its metabolite in the
blood and causing another person’s death. A Class B felony is punishable by
a term of six to 20 years.
Raber was also charged with four Class C felonies, including OWI and causing
another person’s death and reckless homicide. A Class C felony is punishable
by a term of two to eight years.
In addition, Raber was charged with four Class D felonies and six
According to police, at 7:50 p.m. on May 3 Raber was westbound on a 2001
Suzuki, approaching Porter/Lake County Line Road and traveling at a high
speed, when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guardrail at the
T-intersection. Raber and his passenger, Laura Walker, 42, of Portage, were
both thrown. Walker died at the scene and Raber was transported to St.
Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point and then airlifted to Loyola University
Hospital in Chicago, where he was treated for multiple injuries to his head,
a broken collar bone, broken ribs, and a punctured lung.
Officer Roger Bowels of the PCSP stated in his probable cause affidavit that
Raber registered a blood alcohol concentration of .139 serum value and also
tested positive for cocaine and marijuana metabolites.