A Michigan City motorist was injured and cited on Saturday after Chesterton
Police said that she was texting while driving.
According to police, at 1:16 a.m. Carolyn J. Kelly, 25, was westbound on
U.S. Highway 20 when, west of Harrison Road, she crossed the center line and
collided with a second vehicle eastbound on U.S. 20.
The driver of the second vehicle was Dale P. Hiteman, 57, of LaPorte, who
sustained a sprained wrist but refused medical treatment at the scene,
Witnesses advised police that Kelly crossed the center line at the bend
where U.S. 20 and C.R. 1400N intersect.
Kelly was transported to the Franciscan Alliance ER department on Indian
Boundary Road, where she advised police that she had been texting just prior
to the crash.
Kelly was issued a citation for driving left of center and use of a
telecommunications device while operating and police said that other
possible charges could be pending. The report was forwarded to the Porter
County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.
Police estimated total damage to Kelly’s 2011 Honda Civic and Hiteman’s 2012
Honda Accord at up to $50,000.