LaPorte County teen dies after car/semi crash

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A LaPorte County teen died after a Volkswagen-vs.-semi accident Sunday morning, July 18, at the intersection of Ind. 8 and CR 875 West near LaCrosse.

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office reports that shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday, Rhyann Sikora, 17, of Westville, was driving the Volkswagen on CR 875 West and failed to yield to a 2014 semi-tractor traveling east on Ind. 8. The semi struck the car in the intersection, forcing it off the road and into a ditch.    

Sikora was transported via air ambulance to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, and police learned she later died. An occupant in Sikora’s car, a juvenile whose identity was not released by police, was also airlifted to the hospital. A condition was not released.

The driver of the semi was not injured. All occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts, police said. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Besides sheriff’s deputies, LaPorte County EMS, the LaCrosse Volunteer Fire Department and an air ambulance service responded.

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