Woman killed, husband injured in I-65 motorcycle crash
Post-Tribune staff report August 29, 2013 4:44PM
A Minnesota woman, Lori Rutten, 55, was killed Thursday, August 29, 2013, on northbound Interstate-65 about a mile south of the Crown Point exit when her husband, Roger Rutten, 59, lost control of his motorcycle. | Indiana State Police photo
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:33AM
A Minnesota woman was killed Thursday morning when she was ejected from a motorcycle her husband was driving on Interstate 65 near Crown Point.
Plymouth, Minn., resident Lori K. Rutten, 55, suffered massive blunt force trauma when she was thrown over the barrier cables and landed in the grassy median. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, 59-year-old Roger Rutten, suffered critical injuries. He was taken to Franciscan Saint Anthony Health in Crown Point before he was airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. Neither was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
A preliminary investigation by the Indiana State Police showed that around 10:10 a.m. Roger Rutten was driving his 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle north on I-65 when he changed from the right lane to the left lane. As the motorcycle entered the left lane, it hit an uneven portion of the roadway, which is undergoing lane repaving, and Rutten lost control of the motorcycle and flipped it. Police said construction and uneven pavement signs are present in that stretch of I-65.
The Ruttens were both ejected from the bike, which came to rest on the unpaved inner shoulder next to the median barrier cables.