July 9, 2017-According to a release from the Indiana State Police, a Porter County Sheriff’s Deputy was rear ended yesterday “when a pick-up truck was following too close and caused a chain of events sending two people to the hospital.” The incident occurred at about 7:55 a.m. at the intersection of US 20 and Brummitt Road. “Preliminary investigation by Trooper Council revealed that a 2016 Ford Explorer (fully marked Porter County Sheriff police car), driven by Porter County Sheriff Officer Jared Underhill, 33, in uniform, was east bound on US 20 stopped in the left lane to turn north onto Brummitt Road. A 2012 Kia Sportage, driven by Andrea Somodi, 53 of Palos Heights, Illinois was also east bound in the left and stopped behind the PSCD police car. A 1993 Dodge Dakota, driven by Bruce Kahn, 32 of Michigan City, IN, was also in the left lane when he failed to stop hitting the rear of the Kia. The Kia was then pushed into the right lane coming to rest facing northeast. The Dakota continued forward in the left lane hitting the PCSD police car in the rear.”
Neither Deputy Sheriff Underhill nor his K-9 partner was injured according to the report. Andrea “Somodi and her passenger, John Somodi, 59 of Palos Heights, IL were taken to Franciscan Hospital in Chesterton for complaint of pain. Kahn was not injured and was cited for Following Too Closely.”
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