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CPD: Two crashes on 49 separated by a minute

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A three-vehicle accident on Ind. 49 on Sunday was followed a minute later by a two-vehicle accident which involved one of the original three vehicles, Chesterton Police said.

According to police, at 8:44 a.m. Gabriella L. Royko, 18, of Liberty Township, was northbound on Ind. 49 when her brakes “locked up” as she was approaching a red light at 1100N. Royko clipped the rear bumper of a second vehicle stopped in the right lane, then bounced off and clipped the bumper of a third vehicle stopped in the left lane, police said.

The driver of the second vehicle was Guy A. Jocius, 64, of Valparaiso. The driver of the third vehicle was Charles T. Compton, 56, of Valparaiso.

All three drivers moved their vehicles to the shoulder of the road, where at 8:45 a.m. Royko’s vehicle was rear-ended by Christopher L. Klimek, 40, of Valparaiso, as Klimek was northbound on Ind. 49. Klimek advised police that “it looked like there was plenty of room to make it around” Royko’s vehicle but “as he got closer his tires lost grip and he rear-ended it.”

Police estimated total damage in the first crash--to Royko’s 2013 Ford Focus, Jocius’ 2009 Honda Civic, and Compton’s 2012 Honda CR-V--at up to $5,000.

Police estimated total damage in the second crash--to Klimek’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix and Royko’s Ford Focus--at up to $2,500.


Posted 2/4/2014