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Jim Bonfield, Duneland Schools bus chief, dies in crash, wife injured

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Jim Bonfield


Jim Bonfield, the director of transportation for the Duneland Schools, died on Monday in a motorcycling accident in Arkansas.

Duneland Superintendent Dave Pruis told the Chesterton Tribune today that Bonfield and his wife, Karla, were riding with a small group of friends when for unknown reasons the two left the roadway.

Karla was seriously injured and airlifted to a Missouri hospital, where she underwent surgery and is expected to recover, Pruis said.

Pruis had no more information on the accident.

“Jim looked forward to this vacation every year,” he said.

Bonfield was appointed the Duneland Schools’ director of transportation in May 2002. It was his second career. For many years he served as an Indiana State Police trooper, retiring as a detective. Bonfield left the ISP on a high note, two years after his work on the Malinski Task Force helped to convict Westchester Township resident David Malinski of the 1999 murder of Lorraine Kirkley.

“Jim cared a lot about the people in the Transportation Division, the mechanics, the bus drivers,” Pruis said. “And he cared deeply about the Duneland Schools and the thousands of students he transported safely every day. It’s a tragic thing and we will miss him very much.”


Posted 7/21/2015




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