A Michigan City man died Tuesday in a two vehicle accident at the
intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Wagner Road, Porter Police said.
The victim was identified as Lance Stroobandt, 37. Porter County Deputy
Coroner pronounced him dead at the scene at 7:20 p.m., Coroner Vicki Deppe
told the Chesterton Tribune today. An autopsy was scheduled for this morning.
According to police, at 6:52 p.m. Stroobandt was eastbound on U.S. 20 when
Brian Otto, 24, of Panama City Beach, Fla., attempted to turn left from
westbound U.S. 20 onto southbound Wagner Road. Otto’s 2005 Ford pickup truck
struck Stroobandt’s Honda passenger car in the driver’s side door, police
Stroobandt was extricated from his vehicle by Porter firefighters, who were
forced to cut the roof off the car and then use two tow trucks provided by
Joe’s Towing Inc. to pull the vehicle apart, Fire Chief Lewis Craig said.
No further information was available. The PPD said that the accident remains