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Deadly Motorcycle Collision in Indiana

A head-on collision between a motorcycle and a car happened in the northwestern part of Indiana on Saturday, November 7 at about 7:50 p.m., resulting in the death of a passenger on the motorcycle. Nanette Howard, age 55, was a passenger on a 1990 maroon Harley Sportster motorcycle that was headed west on U.S. Highway 6 nearing County Road 550 East in Valparaiso. The bike was reportedly hit by a 2005 blue Chevrolet Cobalt.

According to police, the Cobalt pulled out in front of the bike as it made a turn onto Highway 6 while headed east from Road 550 East in the southern direction. Howard, of Michigan City, suffered head and leg injuries in the collision. She was airlifted to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was declared dead.

The motorcyclist involved in the motorcycle crash was a 68-year-old man from Chesterton, Indiana. He suffered injuries to his head and foot in the crash and was taken to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso. He was subsequently transported to Northlake Methodist Hospital in Gary, Indiana.

  • The person operating the Cobalt was Rachel Dover, age 24, of Clarksville, Tennessee. She faces the following charges:
    Operating a vehicle while inebriated and causing severe bodily injury (a Level 6 felony)
    Misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while inebriated
    Citations for failure to yield the right of way
    Refusal to comply with a certified chemical test

Dover may face further charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and causing death, a Level 5 felony in Indiana.


If you were injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another motorist, call the motorcycle accident attorneys at Proner and Proner.

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