A Porter woman and a Merrillville man died this weekend of injuries
sustained when the motorcycle on which they were riding Saturday night
struck a tree on Brummitt Road in Westchester Township.
The Porter County Sheriff’s Police has identified the victims as passenger
Mary E. Martin, 40, of 1909 1/2 Broadway in Porter, and driver Gregory A.
Bruner, 34, of Merrillville.
According to police, at 9:01 p.m. Bruner was southbound on Brummitt, south
of Mar Mar Loop, when he failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway on
the west side, and struck a tree in the front yard at 1284 N. Brummitt.
Police said that the 1998 Harley-Davidson Dana Glide-owned by Martin-then
rotated clockwise into another tree and a wooden post used to hold equipment
for a sanitary sewer lift station.
Police said that both Martin and Bruner were ejected from the motorcycle and
that neither was wearing a helmet.
A spokesperson for Porter County Coroner Roger Kleist told the Chesterton
Tribune today that Martin never regained consciousness and died at 9:54 p.m.
at Porter Memorial Hospital. The cause of death has been listed as
exsanguination caused by damage to the aorta.
Police said that Bruner did regain consciousness while en route to PMH and
that he answered in the affirmative when asked by EMS personnel whether he
had been driving the motorcycle and whether he had been drinking prior the
crash. Kleist’s spokesperson said that Bruner died in surgery at 1:27 a.m.
Sunday. The cause of death has been listed as exsanguination caused by
damage to the ileac artery and hemorrhage due to a fractured pelvis.
Police said that Bruner registered a blood alcohol content of .119 percent
on a blood test.
Motorists in Indiana are considered legally intoxicated when they score a
B.A.C. of .08 percent or higher.
A full obituary for Martin appears elsewhere in this edition of the Tribune.