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Police Say Icy Conditions Contribute to Fatal Accident

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In Calumet Township just outside Griffith at approximately 6-o'clock this morning, Lake County Sheriffs Police say icy road conditions contributed to an accident that resulted in the death of a moped driver. Police say the moped driver was traveling westbound on Ridge Road from Colfax Street when he lost control and was thrown from the vehicle, landing in the roadway, where he was subsequently struck by a Chevy Cruze traveling behind.
Police say the victim became lodged underneath the vehicle, and upon officers' arrival, the moped driver was unresponsive. Due to the victim’s location underneath the vehicle, police say his shoe was removed to check for a pulse, none was found. Griffith Fire Department crews raised the vehicle to free the victim, and no signs of life were found by personnel from Prompt EMS. Police say the victim was wearing a helmet. His identity had not been released pending notification of next of kin. Ridge Road was shut down for a time this morning between Arbogast and Broad Street.


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