The two pedestrians
who were struck in a crosswalk in the intersection of Morgan Blvd. and
Lincolnway, in Valparaiso, on Thursday morning, have been identified as two
former employees of the Porter County Auditor’s office -- Lindy Wilson, of
Liberty Township, and Beverly Beschinski of Morgan Township.
Detective Jeff Balon told the Chesterton Tribune at deadline today
that Wilson died yesterday afternoon at the South Bend hospital she was
An autopsy will be
performed in the next few days to determine the cause of death, he said.
Beschinski, who was
transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is “doing better,”
Balon said, but remains in critical condition with a fracture to her skull.
Rachel Marvin, age 23, of Valparaiso, has been in custody since Thursday
morning and was being held on preliminary charges of operating while
intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and driving under the influence of
a controlled substance.
Those charges will
be upgraded to a more serious offense, Balon said, since Wilson has died
from her injuries.
The charges have
been forwarded to the Porter County Prosecutor’s office this morning for
At the start of
Thursday’s Porter County Council’s meeting Council President Dan Whitten
asked for a moment of silence, to reflect on the tragic events.
“Our thoughts and
prayers go out to them and their families,” Whitten said.
Both Wilson and
Beschinski were longtime county employees whose positions were terminated
last February when County Auditor Robert Wichlinski made staffing changes in