One Dead Following Early Tuesday Accident


A crash is being investigated in LaPorte County after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle.

According to information released by the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred in the 7400 N. block of Meadow Lane on Tuesday morning. Investigators arrived on scene just after 6:00 a.m. to discover that 59-year-old Tim Sinka was backing out of his driveway when he heard his truck strike something.

Sinka found a person lying on the ground in the street behind the truck. Emergency services responded to the scene and transported 55-year-old Willard Ashley to Memorial Hospital in South Bend. He was deemed to be in critical condition at the time.

Ashley passed away Wednesday morning according to the Coroner’s Office as a result of his injuries. It was noted in the report that Ashley was intoxicated at the time he was struck

An investigation is ongoing, but is believed at this time to be an accident.