Snowfall Results in Several Accidents; No Serious Injuries Reported

Emergency crews work to remove the passenger door of the minivan to extricate a female victim from the accident on Toto Road.

The first significant snowfall hit the Kankakee Valley last week, and dozens of slide-offs, collisions, and property damage accidents were reported through the area.

While no life-threatening injuries have been reported from any of the accidents around Starke County, two people were injured and transported to the hospital following a two-vehicle accident on Dec. 26 around 11:23 a.m. According to the crash report, John Stimach, Jr. of Dyer was traveling westbound on Toto Road when his vehicle struck that of Michael A. Nichols of La Porte.

Nichols told police that he was headed east on Toto Road when he saw Stimach lose control of his vehicle and cross the center lane with the passenger side of his vehicle facing Nichols. However, Stimach said he doesn’t remember much of the accident, but believes Nichols entered his lane of traffic and he swerved to avoid a collision.

Ultimately, the two vehicles collided and two passengers in Stimach’s Chrysler Town and Country were transported to the hospital for injuries.

A rollover accident was also reported near the intersection of county roads 400 South and 900 West with no injuries, and a two-vehicle accident between Greg Duke and Kirsten Weldon was reported on State Road 10 near 450 East. Both parties were fortunate and were not injured in the collision.