A motorist has been
charged in connection with a traffic fatality in an accident on Silhavy Road
in Valparaiso on Monday, March 3.
39--no address listed--has been charged with operating while
intoxicated-causing death, OWI-causing serious bodily injury, and leaving
the scene of an accident.
occurred shortly before 8 p.m., when according to Valparaiso Police, Conley
struck another vehicle head-on. Dead at the scene was Marion Woodmaster;
injured, Charles Woodmaster.
Police said that
Conley was southbound on Silhavy Road, just south of Glendale Blvd., when he
initially drifted across the center line and struck a vehicle northbound on
Silhavy. Conley continued southbound, then approximately 300 feet further
struck the vehicle occupied by the Marions.
Conley showed signs
of being under the influence and tested positive for benzodiazepines,
cocaine, and opiates in a blood draw authorized by a search warrant and
conducted at Franciscan Health Crown Point. There was no alcohol in his
system, police said.