A Chesterton man
died on Friday of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident at the
intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Brummitt Road in Westchester Township,
the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
The man was
identified as Russell Fanus, 88.
police, at 5:49 p.m. Donald Pratt, 82, of Chesterton, was eastbound on U.S.
20 in a 2015 Buick Enclave when he attempted to turn left onto northbound
Brummitt Road and collided with a 2012 Ford Edge westbound in the right lane
of U.S. 20 and driven by Robert Marsh, 49, of Michigan.
Police said that a
line of traffic was stopped in the left lane of westbound U.S. 20, waiting
to turn left onto southbound Brummitt Road, and that Pratt failed to see
Marsh approaching in the right lane.
Fanus--one of two
backseat passengers in Pratt’s
Enclave--sustained internal injuries and subsequently died at Porter
Regional Hospital, police said.
The other backseat
passenger, Judy Cabe, 65, of Chesterton, complained of back and neck pain
and was transported to PRH; while Pratt’s front-seat passenger, Barbara
Kreft, 79, also of Chesterton, sustained a broken femur and was transported
to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary, police said.
“No citations were
issued and alcohol is not believed to be a factor,” police said.
Also responding to
the crash were the Porter, Beverly Shores, and Burns Harbor police
departments and the Chesterton Fire Department, which performed an
extrication from Pratt’s vehicle.