Laporte Man dies from weather related crash

Reagan Lowry, reporter

On Tuesday, December 12, a Laporte Indiana man was killed when he traveling west  and appeared to lose control of his car. The vehicle slid over the center line on US 20 due to the snowy weather conditions in Laporte County, into the path of a semi-truck who was traveling eastbound.

The crash happened at 11:30 am, near Range Road. The driver has recently identified as 21 year old,  Jake Easton, who was pronounced dead at the scene. It was said that he was killed on impact. The semi truck driver, 54 year old, Thomas Darrus, was however, not injured.

A couple inches of lake-affect snow had just fallen right before the crash. The weather conditions were very hazardous, gusts of winds up to 40 mph. LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd said “Don’t think you can drive on a day like today at normal highway speeds. That just isn’t safe.” According to police, the number of traffic fatalities countywide this year now stands at 19, with seven* of those happening on U.S. 20 from U.S. 35 near Michigan City to Ind. 2 east of Rolling Prairie.” (NWI TIMES) The toxicology report of both drivers are currently pending. It is believed that weather was the primary cause of the fatal crash.

With winter approaching fast, its best to try and adapt to the road conditions. Brakes take longer on slippery roads, by decreasing your speed on snow filled roads the easier it is to recognize the potential road hazards.

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