A Valparaiso man died Wednesday afternoon following a vehicle crash in rural Prairie Township in La Porte County.
According to an investigation by the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Daniel M. McKeown was traveling in a gold 2000 Lexus north on State Road 39 north of County Road 1650 South when his vehicle left the northbound lane of the road. The report says the vehicle continued along a grassy area near the shoulder of the roadway for approximately 159 feet before hitting a tree. The car came to rest in a ditch.
Police note that State Road 39 was partially covered with snow at the time of the accident.
Police say McKeown was the only person inside the vehicle at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. Toxicology tests are pending.
The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Hanna Township Volunteer Fire Department, La Porte County EMS, La Porte County Coroner’s Office and John’s Garage.