Motorist Dead In I-94 Porter County Crash
(photo courtesy Indiana State Police, Lowell Post)
A motorist from Chesterton died late Tuesday night along eastbound I-94, just east of the scales at the 29-mile marker in the Chesterton area. Indiana State Police said the victim was 62-year-old Sridhar R. Mothkur. Mothkur was not wearing a seat belt. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma by the Porter County Coroner.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Lexus was east bound in the left lane at a high rate of speed when for unknown reasons hit the rear of a box trailer on its driver side that was traveling in the middle lane. The Lexus, after hitting the semi’s trailer, flipped and rolled multiple times, ejecting the driver out of the Lexus and came to rest on the inner shoulder. The Lexus continue to roll and flip and went over the concrete median barrier wall and it came to rest on the inner shoulder on the west bound side of I-94.
The semi was a 2000 Freightliner pulling a box trailer, owned by E L Hollingsworth & Company out of Flint, Michigan. The semi was loaded with 6,980 pounds of miscellaneous auto parts, no load was lost. The semi was driven by William P Lantis II, 42 of Stockbridge, Michigan. Lantis was not injured.