Whiting, IN Motorcycle Wreck, Jun 1937

Motorcyclist Dies In Crash; Whiting’s 1st

Young Man Killed in Collision with Utility Pole-Companion Hurt

Whiting, June 12.-Whiting’s first traffic fatality in 19 months occurred last night when ERICK KRAUSE, 28, of 1443-119th Street, member of Company F, 113th Engineers, and custodian at the Whiting armory, died in St. Catherine’s hospital, East, Chicago, from injuries suffered in a motorcycle mishap in Indianapolis Boulevard.

Krause died of a skull fracture and other injuries at 8 p.m., two and one-half hours after the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a utility pole near the Standard Oil viaduct in Indianapolis boulevard.

Chester Pociak, 49, of 4835 White Oak Avenue, East Chicago, riding with Krause, is confined to St. Catherine’s hospital with cuts, lacerations and bruises. His condition was not considered serious.

According to a report of Motorcop Daniel Moynihan, Krause drove out of New York avenue south into Indianapolis boulevard. Motorcop Moynihan was following immediately behind. At Schrage avenue, Krause speeded up his motorcycle to approximately 50 miles an hour and Moynihan gave chase. Near the viaduct Krause swerved his bike in front of an automobile. He was unable to right it and the machine crashed into the pole, throwing Krause head-first against it and Pociak onto the pavement.

Both Krause and Pociak were rushed in and ambulance to the hospital where Krause, whose parents live at 4630 Johnson Street, Hammond, succumbed without regaining consciousness.

Until he came to Whiting two years ago, Krause for 26 years was a resident of Hammond. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krause; three brothers, Fred and Kurt of Hammond and Otto of East Chicago; and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Bassett of Hammond and Mrs. Elsie Zwoll of Chicago.

Military funeral services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Oexmann funeral home in Hammond. The Rev. Walter Lichtsinn of the St. Paul Lutheran church of Hammond will officiate. Burial will be in Concordia cemetery.

Krause was a member of the Hammond Rifle and Pistol Club. His body will be taken to the home of his parents this afternoon where it will remain until 10 a.m. Monday.

Whiting’s last traffic fatality prior to Krause’s death occurred on Nov. 4, 1935 when a Whiting woman died of injuries suffered when struck by an automobile in Indianapolis boulevard at 121st street.

Hammond Times, Hammond, IN 12 Jun 1937