Man killed in crash in La Porte County identified; officials say motorcycle was stolen

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LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind.—The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office has identified the motorcyclist killed in a crash Saturday.

Officials asked for the public’s assistance in identifying the man, who did not have identification on him. Authorities said the motorcycle was registered in Illinois but reported stolen from the Wicker Park area in Chicago.

The sheriff’s office described the victim as a Hispanic male in his mid-20’s, with a medium build and dark hair about 6 inches in length. Less than 24 hours later, officials were able to identify the victim as 28-year-old William Payionk from Mesa, Arizona. Deputies were able to confirm Payionk’s identity by using a facial recognition system from the Chicago Police Department.

Authorities learned the 2001 black Ducati Monster motorcycle was stolen sometime last week. It is unknown as to why Payionk was in La Porte County.

The crash occurred just after 1 p.m. at the intersection of US 20 and SR 2 near the town of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, which is approximately 20 miles west of South Bend, Indiana.

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