A motorist sheriff’s deputies say pulled across U.S. 30 from Beech Road into the path of an oncoming semi truck Tuesday afternoon was airlifted from the scene of the ensuing three-vehicle crash. The eastbound semi, driven by Doren L. Smith, 59, of Arlington, Ohio, struck the minivan driven by Nazario Oviedo Jr., 42, of Bourbon. Oviedo’s car rolled over in the median, and he was thrown from the vehicle. The semi also went into the median and overturned, losing the contents of its trailer all over the roadway. The rig continued to slide north across the westbound lanes of 30 and struck a westbound car driven by Mindy K. Thompson, 44, of Bremen. Oviedo was arlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital. Smith and Thompson were both treated at the scene.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.