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Chesterton man dies from injuries in US 20 crash

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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.

According to 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 Pratts 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.


Posted 5/31/2016




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