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Portage police release report on fatal accident

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The Portage Police Department has released its official report on the Oct. 24 crash which took the life of Chesterton High School senior Amera Abu hakmeh.

The report does not, however, add materially to an understanding of why the accident occurred.

According to Portage Police, at 7:04 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, Gayle H. Brown, 85, of Greencastle, Ind., was westbound on U.S. Highway 20, 75 feet east of Clem Road, when she failed to follow a curve in the road, continued straight instead, and crossed the center line. Brown’s 2012 Buick Regal then struck Abu hakmeh’s westbound 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse in the front driver’s side corner.

Brown was “unable to deliver a statement other than she was going to Greencastle,” Portage Police said. She died at the scene shortly after being extricated from her vehicle.

Abu hakmeh, 17, succumbed to her injuries, still in her car, without regaining consciousness, Portage Police said.

Abu hakmeh’s 12-year-old sister, a Chesterton Middle School student, was also critically injured.

A witness to the accident, traveling behind Abu hakmeh, observed Brown cross the center line, Portage Police said.

Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton Tribune on Tuesday that an autopsy performed on Brown revealed no medical issues relevant to the crash. The results of a routine toxicology screen should be available in approximately six weeks, Harris said.



Posted 11/1/2017




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