Accidents Claim Lives of Two Starke County Women

An accident claimed the life of Joann Rannels of Koontz Lake yesterday morning. The accident happened at 1100 East on U.S. 30 at 11:00 a.m. Officers on the scene reported that Rannels proceeded through an intersection and was struck by an eastbound pickup truck driven by Lukas Holcomb of Indianapolis.

Rannells was pronounced dead at the scene from severe neck injuries. Holcomb was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital where he was treated and released.

A traffic accident also claimed the life of 91-year-old Marie Kozubik of North Judson Wednesday. The accident happened at the intersection of U.S. 421 and CR 400 South. Marie Kozubik was for many years active in Starke County Democrat politics.