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