Valparaiso woman and her unborn baby have died of injuries sustained in a
two-vehicle accident last week on Ind. 130 in Center Township, the Porter
County Sheriff’s Police is reporting.
The woman was
identified as Jessie R. Dexter, 28, who the Cook County, Ill., Medical
Office said succumbed to her injuries, along with her unborn child, on
Monday, at Loyola University Medical Center.
police, at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, Dexter was a front-seat passenger in a
2007 Dodge Dakota being driven by Lucas Smith, 28, of Valparaiso. Smith was
westbound in the 200 west block of Ind. 130 when he lost control of the
pickup truck and slid sideways into the eastbound lanes, where the pickup
was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet box truck.
Smith was airlifted
to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with internal injuries, police said,
while his rear-seat passengers, Rachel Barrett, 23, of Demotte, and Mira
Dexter, 7, of Valparaiso, were transported to Porter Regional Hospital.
The driver of the
box truck, Sean Hohl, 25, of South Bend, was transported to St. Mary’s
Hospital in Hobart with complaint of pain, police said. Hohl was driving for
fox Fire Safety of Mishawaka.
The PCSP’s Accident
Reconstruction Team continues to work on its investigation of the crash,