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A South Bend woman died from her injuries after a motorcycle and SUV crashed at Sample and Michigan streets early Saturday morning, Aug. 9. (WNDU)
South Bend woman dies after Saturday motorcycle crash
Posted on Aug. 10, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

A 23-year-old emergency room nurse was killed Saturday in a South Bend motorcycle crash.

Nicole Beguin was a passenger on a motorcycle that collided with an SUV around 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the intersection of Sample and Michigan streets, according to a report from the Elkhart Truth’s new partner WNDU.

Beguin died from critical head injuries and blunt force trauma, according to the St. Joseph County coroner.

Andrew Pavoka, 25, of LaPorte was the driver of the motorcycle and was taken to Memorial Hospital for a leg injury, WNDU reports.

Police told WNDU that Roger Werner, 49, of Granger was driving his SUV east on Sample Street and began to turn left only Michigan Street when he collided with the westbound motorcyle.

Werner suffered only minor injuries in the crash.

Both Pavolka and Beguin were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Beguin worked at Memorial Hospital, where she was taken for treatment and subsequently died from her injuries.

Memorial Hospital issued the following statement on her death:

"Our entire team is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, Nicole. She truly was a wonderful person who gave her best every day to help care for people across our community. This is a huge loss for our team here in Memorial's Emergency Department and our entire health system. She will be dearly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. Our thoughts and condolences also go out to Nicole's family and friends during this difficult time."