Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 3:28 PM
Gary, Lake County – A motorcyclist who was reported driving erratically crashed his motorcycle ejecting him and his passenger.
Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Dwayne Halliburton revealed at approximately 130 p.m., this Wednesday, April 12, 2017, afternoon a 2000 Suzuki motorcycle, driven by Cory R. Espinoza, 23 of Crown Point, was in and out of traffic eastbound on I-80/94 when he changed lanes from the left lane, crossed all lanes, and hit two construction barrels that were in the gore area ( this area separates eastbound I-80/94 from the acceleration lane from Grant Street) at Grant Street.
This caused Espinoza, who was not wearing a helmet, and his passenger, Grace A. Ray, 24 of Lowell, who was wearing a helmet to be ejected from the motorcycle. Both Espinoza and Ray came to rest in the acceleration lane. The motorcycle came to rest on its side on the outer shoulder.
Ray and Espinoza were taken to Methodist North Lake Hospital in Gary with non-life threatening injuries.
Espinoza was cited for Unsafe Lane Movement, Driving While Suspended, and not having a valid Motorcycle Endorsement (learner's permit only).
Assisting: Gary Fire and EMS, Indiana Department of Transportation Hoosier Helpers, Waffco Towing, Troopers from the ISP Lowell Post
Picture is of the Suzuki motorcycle
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SOURCE: Indiana State Police – Lowell District 13