A Porter County
Sheriff’s Police deputy was involved in a three-vehicle accident on U.S.
Highway 20 in Westchester Township on Saturday, caused by another motorist
following too closely, the Indiana State Police said.
According to the
ISP, at 7:55 a.m. Bruce Kahn, 32, of Michigan City, was eastbound on U.S. 20
when he rear-ended a second vehicle stopped behind the deputy’s fully marked
squad car and waiting for the deputy to turn left onto northbound Brummitt
Road. The impact of the collision forced the second vehicle into the right
lane of U.S. 20 facing northwest, the ISP said. Kahn then continued forward
in his 1993 Dodge Dakota, rear-ending the deputy’s squad car, the ISP said.
The driver of the
second vehicle, a 2012 Kia Sportage, was Andrea Somodi, 53, of Palos
Heights, Ill. The deputy, driving a 2016 Ford Explorer, was identified as
Officer Jared Underhill, 33.
Underhill and his
K-9 partner were not injured, the ISP said, while Somodi and her passenger,
John Somodi, 59, also of Palos Heights, were taken to the Franciscan
Alliance ER department in Chesterton with complaints of pain.
injury--was issued a citation for following too closely.
The PCSP asked the
ISP to investigate the crash.