An off-duty Porter County Sheriff’s Police officer died on Wednesday after
crashing his motorcycle into a pickup truck in Washington Township,
Valparaiso Police said.
The officer was identified this morning as Phillip Pratt, 24. Pratt had
served just under three years with the PCSP.
According to a statement released by the VPD—which the PCSP has asked to
investigate the accident—at 12:48 p.m. Pratt was westbound on Ind. 2 when he
collided with a pickup truck eastbound on Ind. 2 and turning left onto
northbound C.R. 450E.
The pickup was driven by Donald Peterson, 85, of Porter, the VPD said.
Pratt was transported to Porter hospital, where he died at 1:15 p.m. of
multiple blunt force injuries, Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton
Pratt was wearing a helmet, Harris said.
Peterson was not injured in the accident.
The crash remains under investigation, the VPD said.
PCSP Sgt. Larry LaFlower told the Tribune that Pratt was engaged to