Bicycle Rider Killed in LaPorte County Crash


One person is dead following a vehicle versus bicycle crash on U.S. 421 in LaPorte County. It happened around 9:15 last night near the Purdue North Central campus in Westville, according to officials from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department.

They say a silver Mazda driven by 24-year-old Justin Elden of Michigan City was northbound on 421 at County Road 200 South and struck and killed a person riding a bicycle. Investigators believe the cyclist was in the roadway when the crash occurred, based on witness statements and evidence at the site. They note the area is dark, and there are no street lights.

The cyclist’s name has not been released, pending next of kin notification. The Westville Police and Fire Departments and LaPorte County Coroner’s Office all assisted with the response.