A Chesterton woman died in a crash Thursday afternoon in Center Township,
Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
Sydney Klikus, 22, of 1007 Jefferson Ave., was pronounced dead at the scene
following the crash at about 1 p.m., police said.
Police said crash occurred on North Calumet Avenue (old 49) at Linda Road,
which is located south of Liberty Township and north of the Valparaiso city
limits. Klikus was southbound in a silver 2005 Dodge Ram pick-up, which
police said Klikus stole from a Jackson Township resident.
Police said Klikus was driving at a high rate of speed and left the roadway
for unknown reasons, striking several trees. Several witness stated that she
was driving recklessly prior to the crash, police said.
Police said toxicology tests will be performed by the coroner’s office to
determine if drugs or alcohol played a factor.
Shortly after the crash occurred, police responded to a report that Klikus
stole the Dodge Ram from a residence on Old State Road 2 in Jackson
Police said that upon his arrival, the officer found a Honda Rav4, which was
determined to be owned by Klikus, sitting in the front yard near the front
porch of the house. The homeowner told police that when she returned home at
about 1 p.m., she found the Honda in her yard and her 26-year-old’s Dodge
truck missing. The garage was also open, police said.
The homeowner called police to report the truck stolen after calling her
son, who told her that he didn’t let anyone take his truck.
The homeowner told police that Klikus was a friend of a friend of her son
and that her son did not get along with Klikus and that she had no idea why
Klikus would take his truck. Police said the homeowner also said that her
son kept his keys in the truck, and that is how Klikus may have gotten the
Police said that after Klikus took the truck, she went to the home of their
mutual friend, who later told police that she was driving “crazy.” Shortly
after leaving his home, she crashed on North Calumet, police said.
Police said the Dodge Ran was destroyed, with loss estimated at $10,000.
Porter County Sheriff’s Department at the scene of the crash were the
Valparaiso police and fire departments, the Porter County Coroner’s office,
Indiana State Police and the Porter County Highway Department.