LaPorte man killed when car breaks apart after hitting tree

Press release and photos from LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, at approximately 5:10 p.m., LaPorte County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 5100 W block of CR 450 N regarding a vehicle crash. Upon the arrival of medical personnel it was discovered that it was a single-vehicle crash and that the driver was deceased. Investigating deputies reported that a silver 2008 Cadillac was traveling west on CR 450 N when for unknown reasons the vehicle began to “fishtail,” left the south side of the road and struck a tree. There were 266 feet of skid marks left on the road prior to impact with the tree.

The driver was identified as Corey Lombard, 48, of LaPorte. The LaPorte County Coroner’s Office determined that Lombard had a blood alcohol level of .09%, which is slightly over the limit allowed by law to operate a motor vehicle. Additional toxicology tests are pending.

Speed and alcohol are believed to have been factors in the crash. Patrol Sergeant Adam Hannon said the car was utterly destroyed, with the front end of the Cadillac breaking away from the rest of the vehicle. Parts of the vehicle were found more than 250 feet from the point of impact. Deputies believe that the force of the impact caused the seat belt to break, which led to the driver being ejected from the vehicle.

“I’ve never seen a single-vehicle crash with that much destruction” Sergeant Hannon said. A witness who was traveling in the opposite direction told investigating deputies that the vehicle crested a hill, was skidding out of control and was traveling at a high rate of speed prior to impact.


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