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DNR: Man dies after rolling ATV

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A Highland man died on Sunday after he crashed an off-road vehicle in downtown Highland, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.

The victim was identified as Richard Haschke, 50.

According to the DNR, at 3:26 a.m. responders were dispatched to the 2900 block of Condit Street in Highland, after Haschke rolled the Polaris Ranger he was operating. Haschke was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple head injuries, while one of his passengers, Jeffery Cifaldi, 31, of LaPorte, was transported to Munster Community Hospital for treatment of a broken arm, the DNR said. Haschke’s other passenger, Bryan Minnich, 42, of Highland, was treated at the scene and released.

“The accident is still under investigation,” the DNR said. “Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the cause of the crash. Safety belts were not being worn by any of the occupants of the Ranger.”

Other responding agencies were the Lake County Coroner’s Office, the Highland Fire Department, and the Highland Police Department.


Posted 10/21/2013