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CHS students dies in US 20 accident today

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A Chesterton High School student was killed this morning in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 20 in Portage.

Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris has identified the victim as Amera Abuhakmeh, 17, of Portage.

Also killed in the accident, Harris said: Gayle Brown, 85, of Greencastle, Ind.

Abuhakmeh’s sister, a 12-year-old riding in the front passenger’s seat, was critically injured.

According to Portage Police, at 7:04 a.m. Brown was westbound in the left lane of U.S. 20 when, 500 feet east of Clem Road, she crossed the center line and struck Abuhakmeh, traveling eastbound in the left lane of U.S. 20, as she and her sister were on their way to school. “The impact caused catastrophic damage” to Brown’s 2012 Buick Regal and Abuhakmeh’s 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse, police said, and both drivers succumbed to their injuries at the scene.

Abuhakmeh’s sister—whose name Portage Police did not release—was transported to University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, where she was reported in critical but stable condition.

“The Portage Police Department Crash Investigation Team is conducting a thorough investigation,” Police Chief Troy Williams said. “Notifications to the families have been made. No words can lessen the pain felt by each family but our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to them during this time of tragedy.”

Duneland Schools released the following statement this afternoon at the end of the school:

“The Duneland School Corporation was saddened to learn this morning that a Chesterton High School senior was killed this morning in a traffic crash and a Chesterton Middle School student was critically injured.

“We have learned from authorities that the senior and her sister, who is a seventh-grade student, were involved in a crash on U.S. 20 in Portage.

“The Chesterton High School senior was an active member of the school’s band program. The school’s band director met separately with members of the band this morning to share the news and has remained available along with counselors to support the students during this difficult time.”

“Our schools, just like all the schools across the United States, are a gathering place and mirror the patchwork of our communities,” Duneland Schools Superintendent Ginger Bolinger said. “This is a difficult time for both our student and staff. We grieve the loss of this wonderful student and offer our prayers and support for the family in this difficult time.”

Posted 10/24/2017





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