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Former county auditor employee dies from being struck by vehicle Thursday

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The two pedestrians who were struck in a crosswalk in the intersection of Morgan Blvd. and Lincolnway, in Valparaiso, on Thursday morning, have been identified as two former employees of the Porter County Auditor’s office -- Lindy Wilson, of Liberty Township, and Beverly Beschinski of Morgan Township.

Valparaiso Police Detective Jeff Balon told the Chesterton Tribune at deadline today that Wilson died yesterday afternoon at the South Bend hospital she was airlifted to.

An autopsy will be performed in the next few days to determine the cause of death, he said.

Beschinski, who was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is “doing better,” Balon said, but remains in critical condition with a fracture to her skull.

The motorist, Rachel Marvin, age 23, of Valparaiso, has been in custody since Thursday morning and was being held on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Those charges will be upgraded to a more serious offense, Balon said, since Wilson has died from her injuries.

The charges have been forwarded to the Porter County Prosecutor’s office this morning for review.

At the start of Thursday’s Porter County Council’s meeting Council President Dan Whitten asked for a moment of silence, to reflect on the tragic events.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families,” Whitten said.

Both Wilson and Beschinski were longtime county employees whose positions were terminated last February when County Auditor Robert Wichlinski made staffing changes in his office.


Posted 9/26/2014




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