Motorcyclist killed in traffic crash on I-65 in northern Indiana


Motorcyclist killed in I-65 crash in northern Indiana – picture courtesy of ISP

MERRILLVILLE, Lake CountyA Dyer man has died early Sunday morning when he crashed his motorcycle into a pick-up truck on I-65.

A preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Troopers revealed that at approximately 1:00 a.m., Sunday, a 2018 Yamaha motorcycle, driven by Michael Derby, 26 of Dyer, was northbound on I-65 at the 253.6 mile marker, which is just north of the Merrillville-US 30 exit, in the right lane.  A 2016 Ford F-150 driven by Zachary Goldak, 20 of Crown Point, was also northbound on I-65 in the middle lane.

The motorcycle was at a high rate of speed over of the posted 65 miles-per-hour speed limit and drifted over into the middle lane and struck the right rear of the F-150, which caused the motorcycle to lose control.

Derby struck the guard rail on the right side and came to a final rest on the right shoulder with the motorcycle sliding across I-65 coming to rest on the left shoulder approximately 500 feet from the crash scene.

Derby was pronounced deceased at the scene by a deputy with the Lake County Coroner’s office. Goldak was not injured.

Toxicology results are pending on both drivers.

Traffic northbound was diverted off at US 30 until approximately 5:30 a.m., for the reconstruction of the crash, removal of the motorcycle and deceased.

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