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Valparaiso man dies in dump truck incident

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A Valparaiso man was killed in an accident on Thursday in the parking lot of the Rich gas station on Calumet Ave. in Valparaiso, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris is reporting.

Harris identified the victim as Jeffery S. Witkowski, 39.

According to a statement released by Harris this morning, video security footage shows Witkowski arriving at the gas station in his dump truck at 7:40 p.m. and then exiting the truck and beginning to work on it. Nearly two and half hours later, at 10:15 p.m., a gas station employee noticed that Witkowski’s dump truck was still parked in the lot and sent someone to check on it.

Witkowski was discovered pinned between the truck’s cab and the dump body and was pronounced dead at the scene of check and neck injuries, Harris said.

The accident remains under investigation and the results of a routine toxicology screen are pending, Harris added.


Posted 8/4/2017




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