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Center Township teen killed in crash

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A 16-year-old Center Township boy was killed on Saturday in a one-vehicle accident on C.R. 600W in Union Township, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

The victim has been identified as Rafael Bonilla, who police said was a passenger in a 2014 Jeep Wrangler being driven by Zachery Sauer, also 16 and a resident of Center Township.

According to police, at 5:54 p.m. Sauer was northbound on C.R. 600W “at a high rate of speed” when, just north of Division Road, he lost control, left the roadway to the east, and struck a tree. On officers’ arrival, police said, Sauer was “talking and conscious with complaint of pain to his head,” while Bonilla “had been killed on impact.”

Bonilla and Sauer were both wearing seatbelts, police said, and “at this time neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be a factor in the crash.”

Sauer was transported to Porter Regional Hospital for treatment of his injuries, police added.

The Indiana State Police responded to the scene for accident reconstruction, police said.


Posted 12/12/2016




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