A man and a woman
died on Wednesday after the motorcycle they were riding on U.S. Highway 20
collided with an SUV whose driver Portage Police said was intoxicated at the
The victims were
identified as the motorcycle’s operator, Peter R. Jackson, 45, of Portage;
and his passenger, Amy Jackson, 44, also of Portage.
The motorist was
identified as Cleon C. Stutler Jr., 66, of 215 Willowcreek Road.
police, at 6:13 p.m. Stutler was westbound on U.S. 20 when he attempted to
make a left turn onto southbound Willowcreek Road and collided with the
Jacksons’ Harley-Davidson motorcycle, eastbound on U.S. 20.
Police said that
the Jacksons--who had the right-of-way--were both thrown from the
motorcycle. Amy Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene, while Peter
Jackson was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary,
where he later died of his injuries, police said. Neither was wearing a
helmet, police added.
The crash itself
was witnessed by Portage Police Officer L. Stanko, police said.
Stutler, for his
part, was treated at the scene with a bandage to the forearm and advised
police, “I didn’t even see them, I had the right of way.”
But Stutler showed
signs of intoxication, failed several field sobriety tests, and subsequently
registered a blood alcohol content of .168 percent on a certified chemical
test, police said.
Indiana are considered legally intoxicated when they score a B.A.C. of .08
percent or higher.
transported to Porter County Jail on a charge of OWI-causing death with a
prior conviction, a Level 4 felony punishable by a term of two to 12 years.
“The Portage Crash
Team continues to conduct follow-up investigations to ensure a successful
prosecution,” Police Chief Troy Williams said in a statement released just
before deadline today. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and
friends of the Jacksons.”