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LaPorte man dies in Toll Road accident

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A LaPorte man died this morning of injuries sustained on Sunday, after driving his car off an overpass onto the Indiana Toll Road in LaPorte County, the Indiana State Police said.

The victim was identified as Ryan Joseph Smith, 20.

According to police, at 10:03 p.m. Smith was northbound on Holmsville Road when for unknown reasons he left the overpass and his 1995 Chevrolet went airborne, hitting a semi-tractor box trailer eastbound on the Toll Road beneath the overpass. Smith’s Chevrolet then rolled multiple times through the median and he was ejected, police said.

The Chevrolet came to rest after hitting a second semi-tractor box trailer.

Smith was airlifted from the Toll Road to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he was pronounced dead early this morning, police said.

The driver of the first semi, Franklin S. Estep, 47, of Sylvania, Ohio, was not injured, nor was the driver of the second, Tinomir Petkovic, 26, of Des Plaines, Ill., police said. Neither load was lost.

All east- and westbound lanes of the Toll Road were closed for approximately four and a half hours for the helicopter landing, cleanup, and investigation, police said.


Posted 8/6/2012