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Teen dies in off road vehicle crash

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A Union Mills, Ind., man died on Sunday following an off-road vehicle accident in LaPorte County, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.

The victim was identified as David Wakefield Williams Jr., 19.

According to the DNR, shortly after midnight three persons--including Williams--were riding in a 2013 Polaris Ranger when, in the area of C.R. 1100W and C.R. 1500S, the driver “made a sharp turn at a high rate of speed,” causing the Polaris to flip onto its side and land on top of Williams.

Williams was transported to Porter Regional Hospital, where he subsequently died, the DNR said.

The driver of the Polaris was identified as Jacob Clindaniel, 20, of Hanna, Ind., the DNR said. Neither Clindaniel nor the other passenger was injured.

Williams “had been seated on the right outside part of the ATV's single bench seat and was not wearing a seatbelt or helmet,” Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said. “The driver attempted to turn around in a mud area in a field and while doing so, the ATV rolled onto its right side causing the decedent to fall out. The ATV came to rest on top of the decedent.”

“It was determined the operator was not under the influence of alcohol,” the DNR said. “However, both passengers may have been consuming alcohol prior to the incident.”


Posted 7/24/2017




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