1 dead, 1 injured after motorcycle crash

Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 12:45 PM EDT
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LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - One man is dead and another is injured after a motorcycle crash in La Porte County.

On Saturday, police say a group of around 60 motorcyclists were traveling south on County Road 400 West in Noble Township, preparing to turn right onto County Road 1000 South.

Nicholas Kolosci, 61, swerved left, then right, and was thrown off his motorcycle.

Robert Shepard, a 60-year-old from Valparaiso, then hit Kolosci’s motorcycle.

Shepard was thrown from his motorcycle and died of his injuries.

Kolosci was transported to the hospital.

A crash investigation is underway.

From the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office:

On April 3, 2021, at 4:02 PM, deputies were summoned to the intersection of CR 400 West and CR 1000 South, rural Noble Township, reference a crash involving two motorcycles.  At 4:04 PM, Deputy Ryan Doperalski arrived at the scene and determined two subjects were injured.  The initial crash investigation completed by Deputy Jacob Payne and the other deputies determined the following had occurred.

A group of approximately 60 motorcyclists were traveling south on CR 400 West, slowing down and preparing to turn right (west) onto CR 1000 South.  Nicholas F. KOLOSCI (61 YOA) of Hobart was operating a white 2015 BMW motorcycle near the end of the group.  A witness observed KOLOSCI swerve left, then right and lay the motorcycle down onto it’s passenger side.  KOLOSCI was ejected and thrown in front of the motorcycle.

A orange 2008 Harley-Davidson, driven by Robert G. SHEPARD (60 YOA) of Valparaiso was also traveling south on CR 400 West with the same group of motorcyclists.  According to witness statements, SHEPARD was traveling behind KOLOSCI.  Immediately after KOLOSCI crashed, SHEPARD collided with the motorcycle that KOLOSCI had been operating.  SHEPARD was ejected and thrown from the motorcycle towards the east side of the roadway.

Both KOLOSCI and SHEPARD sustained upper body injuries.  KOLOSCI was transported by ground to an area hospital for treatment.  As SHEPARD was being transported by ground to an area hospital for treatment, he died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Toxicology test results are pending.  The crash investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released.

Assisting: Sergeant Andrew Hahn, Westville Police Department, La Porte County EMS, Lutheran Air, Noble, Hanna and Cass-Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Departments and John’s Garage

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