Indiana State Police Master Trooper Jeff Council received a scare this
morning when he stopped to assist a stranded motorist and was hit.
Preliminary investigation revealed that, at approximately 1:16 a.m., Trooper
Council stopped behind a disabled vehicle on I-94 east bound at the 31.5
mile marker in Porter County.
Both Councilís fully marked police car and the disabled vehicle were pulled
completely off the interstate on the outer shoulder.
Councilís police car had all emergency lights on at the time also.
As Council got out of his police car to approach the disabled vehicle a
white 2000 Ford E250 van, driven by Nonna Warda, 59 of Chicago, Illinois was
east bound in the right lane when she failed to yield and side swiped
Council hitting him on his right side.
She also struck his Dodge Charger police car in the driverís door, bending
the door and shattering the driverís window.
The mirror from her van was found on the driver side floor of the police
Warda stated she didnít see the trooper.
She was cited for Failure to Yield.
Council was taken Indiana University Health Hospital in LaPorte were he was
treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries to his side.
The Indiana State Police reminds drivers that Indiana Law requires motorists
to move over and or slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle or a
highway maintenance vehicle on two or four lane roadways when they have
emergency lights flashing.
change lanes away from the emergency or highway maintenance vehicle if they
can do so safely; If not they must slow down and proceed with caution. State
Police are asking motorists not to stop in the roadway, but to slow down
and/or move over.