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motorcyclist seriously hurt in owi crash

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 14:05 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News


A Michigan City area man out on bond for a drunk driving offense is accused of being intoxicated when he badly injured a woman in a collision with her motorcycle.

Luke Hamlin, 37, was being held without bond Wednesday on level 5 felony operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and level 6 felony operating while intoxicated.

Hamlin has a prior OWI conviction out of Michigan in 2016.

Jessica Yeakey, 33, also of Michigan City was reported by La Porte County Police in critical condition when taken by helicopter to Memorial Hospital in South Bend following the Monday afternoon crash.

According to family members, the Yeakey with multiple fractures and other injuries is expected is to survive but faces a long recovery.

Police said Hamlin was attempting to pull into the driveway of his home in the 6800 block of 450 West.

His 1997 GMC Suburban wound up in the path of Yeakey's oncoming 2007 red Honda motorcycle.

According to police, Hamlin said he didn't see the motorcycle until just seconds before the crash.

He also revealed consuming anywhere from 6 to 10 beers and told investigators prior to given a blood to take him jail, police said.

He was later found with a .261-percent blood alcohol level.

La Porte County sheriff John Boyd said the crash is another example of the tragedy and suffering that can result from people choosing to drive after consuming too many alcoholic beverages

Boyd said he believes more people after drinking are choosing not to drive nowadays.

He said the penalties have also increased over the years but should be higher given the major impact such crashes can have on victims and loved ones.

''We got to take it seriously. We've gotten better as a society yet we have a ways to go,'' Boyd said.

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