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Chesterton man dies in crash on US 20 in Westchester Township

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A Chesterton man died Monday in a two vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 20 in Westchester Township, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

Police identified the victim as Jared Altman, 19.

According to police, at 8:55 p.m. Altman was eastbound on U.S. 20 in a Ford Taurus, near Harrison Road, when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line, and collided with a Chrysler Concord westbound on U.S. 20.

The driver of the Chrysler was Emily Eckhart, 66, of Michigan City.

Altman was ejected from his vehicle and sustained severe head injuries, police said. He was transported to Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus, where he was pronounced dead.

Eckhart was extricated from her vehicle by Chesterton firefighters and was also transported to Porter hospital for treatment of severe leg injuries, police said.

Police said that the primary factor in the crash was Altman’s high rate of speed. Results from a routine toxicology screen are pending.



Posted 11/5/2008