Motorcycle Accident On Indiana Toll Road Kills Man, Critically Injures His Fiancee

A motorcyclist was killed today and his female passenger critically injured stemming from a motorcycle accident on the Indiana Toll Road (I-90) in Lake County, Indiana.

The couple have been identified as Chris J. Schrad, 29, and the passenger – also his fiancee – as Shelly Pierce, 34.  Both are from Webster City, Iowa.  The accident occurred around 2:55 p.m. at the Broadway exit.

According to witness accounts, the couple was riding a 2001 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle through a construction zone in the left lane.  As they headed into a curve, a loss of control was experienced as they hit gravel on the shoulder.

The bike then fishtailed and went across the right lane, thereby hitting a guard rail.  Schrad and Pierce were thrown from the motorcycle.  Schrad was thrown 428 feet and through a fence, according to police.  Pierce was thrown 122 feet.

Schrad was pronounced dead at the scene.  Pierce was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary, with critical injuries.

Additional details can be seen in various articles including the September 6 CBS story titled “Man Killed, Fiancee Critically Hurt In Motorcycle Crash” and the September 6 NWI.com story titled “Interstate 90 crash kills biker, passenger in critical condition.

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