Two motorists were injured Monday in a five-vehicle chain-reaction accident
on Ind. 49, Chesterton Police said.
According to police, at 5:24 p.m. Kema Stevens, 34, of Valparaiso, was
southbound on Ind. 49, north of Gateway Blvd., traveling at an estimated 58
miles per hour, when she attempted to brake for traffic. Stevens advised
police, however, that her brakes “were not working properly”--and that “this
wasn’t the first time that her brakes had malfunctioned”--causing her to
rear-end a second vehicle.
The impact of the collision drove the second vehicle into the rear of a
third, the third into the rear of a fourth, and the fourth into the rear of
a fifth, police said.
The driver of the second vehicle was Ann M. Frump, 38, of Morgan Township;
the driver of the third, Heidi L. Hunt, 47, of Wanatah; the driver of the
fourth, Katrina L. Coppinger, 19, of Chesterton; and the driver of the
fifth, David A. Saitta, 50, of Dolton, Ill.
Police said that Stevens complained of abdominal pain and was transported to
Porter Regional Hospital, and that Frump was treated by EMS at the scene for
a laceration to her face.
Police estimated total damage to Stevens’ 2001 Chevrolet Cruze, Frump’s 2012
Kia Sedona, Hunt’s 2012 Chevrolet, Coppinger’s 1998 Honda Accord, and
Saitta’s 2012 Ford F-150 at up to $25,000.