Alcohol suspected in fatal wreck on I-65 near Lowell
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE September 2, 2011 11:54AM
Crash photo provided by Indiana State Police.
One motorcyclist is dead and two of his friends who were riding with him are suspected of using alcohol, causing the wreck early Friday on I-65 near Lowell, Ind., according to Indiana State Police.
At 2:36 a.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Lawrence McFarrin responded to a motorcycle crash on I-65 south bound about two miles north of the Lowell exit, according to a release from ISP.
A preliminary investigation revealed that three motorcycles were traveling together when two of the motorcycles hit each other. Both of the motorcyclists involved in the crash were thrown from their bikes and their motorcycles went off the roadway into the grass, the release said.
The third motorcycle was able to avoid the collision.
Ryan W. Drever, 27 of Lowell, , was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lake County Coroner’s office, the release said.
Drever was driving a blue 2005 Suzuki motorcycle without a helmet and toxicology reports are pending, according to the release.
Joshua K. Garton, 26, also of Lowell, was driving a blue 2002 Suzuki motorcycle and taken to Saint Anthony’s Hospital with non-life threatening internal injuries, according to the release.
Garton was not wearing a helmet and charges are pending for Garton for operating while intoxicated, after he tested positive for alcohol, the release said.
Chad M. Cholodinski, 25 of Demotte, Ind. was not involved in the crash. He was able to stop his black 1998 Honda motorcycle and attempted to render aid to his friends, the release said.
Cholodinski was taken to Lake County Jail where he was incarcerated for operating while intoxicated after he tested positive for alcohol, the release said.
All southbound lanes were closed until approximately 4:35 a.m. and traffic was diverted off at the Crown Point exit, the release said.