The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of a rural La Porte County man on Saturday. At 5:05 am on September 29, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office were summoned to the area of County Road 400 North near the intersection County Road 850 West in Coolspring Township in reference to a traffic crash. Deputies located a Ford Ranger pickup truck overturned down a steep embankment on the south side of the road. The driver, who was the lone occupant, was found to be partially ejected and pinned under the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the La Porte County Coroner’s Office. The driver has been identified as 80 year old Daniel Harrington of rural La Porte County. Evidence at the scene indicated that the vehicle had been traveling west on County Road 400 North when for an unknown reason left the road to the right and struck a guardrail. The vehicle then traveled left of center and off the road, striking a guard rail along the east bound lanes. The vehicle continued west and off the road and down a steep embankment, rolling at least once. The driver was thrown from the vehicle with the vehicle coming to rest with the driver being pinned under the vehicle. It did not appear that the driver was utilizing a restraint at the time of the crash. Results of a toxicology screen are pending although it does not appear as though drugs or alcohol were involved.
October 1st, 2018|Local News|