The name of the man
who died on Monday in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 20 in
Chesterton has been released.
The victim was
identified as Donald Gish, 59, of Liberty Township.
Gish died of blunt
force trauma, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton
Tribune after deadline on Tuesday.
Shortly after 9
p.m. on Monday, Gish was westbound on U.S. 20 in a Ford pickup truck when he
left the roadway to the north, crashed into a deep ditch, then continued
into the strip mall parking lot just west of C.R. 200E, where he came to
rest. Gish was pronounced dead at the scene.
initially considered the possibility of Gish’s having suffered a medical
emergency of some kind just prior to the crash, he now believes that Gish--who
was determined to have been “talking in his phone” at the time--“was
distracted and drove off the side of the road.”
No autopsy will be
conducted but Harris did order a routine toxicology screen, results of which
should be available in a month or so. There’s no reason to think right now,
though, that either alcohol or drugs played any role in the crash, Harris