A motorcyclist fleeing police died early Thursday after crashing into the rear of a semitrailer on Interstate 80/94 in northwest Indiana, State Police said.
Theodore D. Hickman, 21, of Portage was fleeing Portage police at the time of the crash just before 1 a.m., police said.
The semitrailer was changing lanes at the time, and the collision ejected Hickman from his motorcycle, police said.
The police chase reached a speed of 80 mph, said Sgt. Rob Maynard, a spokesman with the Portage Police Department.
An officer began following the motorcycle to determine if it was speeding and saw Hickman disregard a the stop sign and traffic signals, Maynard told The (Northwest Indiana) Times.
The semitrailer driver was not injured.