Charges are pending
against a Valparaiso man who the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said was
driving under the influence of alcohol when he disregarded a red light on
C.R. 250W in Center Township and struck another vehicle, in a crash which
claimed his wife’s life.
the victim as Theresa Johnson, 66.
police, at 9:40 p.m. Theresa Johnson’s husband, Dwayne Johnson, 67, was
northbound on C.R. 250W, driving a 2002 Lincoln Town Car, when he
disregarded a red light at the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and collided
with a second vehicle eastbound on U.S. 30.
The driver of the
second vehicle, a 2006 Chevrolet HHR, was Andrew Young, 41, of Warsaw, Ind.
sustained “severe internal injuries” and was transported to Porter Regional
Hospital, where she subsequently died, police said.
Young suffered a
small laceration to his knee but refused to be transported, police said. His
front-seat passenger, Erin Young, 41, sustained non-life threatening
injuries to her lower body and was transported for treatment to St. Mary’s
Hospital in Hobart, police said. The Youngs’ children, 5 and 1, were both in
child safety seats and suffered minor injuries, police said.
sustained internal injuries and was also transported to St. Mary’s Hospital,
where he “came back with alcohol in his system during his course of
treatment,” police said. A search warrant was obtained for a blood draw and
“charges are pending at this time since Mr. Johnson was kept at the hospital
for treatment of his injuries,” police said.
Young, for his
part, “tested negative for alcohol” on a portable breath test conducted at
the scene, police added.