The Porter County Sheriff’s Police has released additional information about
the head-on collision on Sunday on U.S. Highway 20.
According to police, at 6:39 p.m. Eliazar Aguirre, 42, of LaPorte, was
westbound on U.S. 20, just east of Tremont Road, when he crossed the center
line and collided with a second vehicle eastbound on U.S. 20.
The driver of the second vehicle was Clifford L. Caldwell Jr., 62, of Center
Aguirre--who had to be extricated from his vehicle by Porter
firefighters--sustained “severe internal injuries to the abdominal region”
and was unable to provide a statement to investigators, police said.
Caldwell sustained an injury to his chest from airbag deployment and
complained of pain to his right ankle and foot, police said.
Witnesses advised police that they did not observe any obstructions in
Aguirre’s path of travel nor any other vehicles in his vicinity prior to his
crossing the center line.
Information on Aguirre’s current condition was not available.
Police estimated total damage to Aguirre’s 1995 Honda Accord and Caldwell’s
2001 Dodge Intrepid at up to $10,000.