One dead after 2-vehicle crash at U.S. 6 and 400 West

Information and photo from LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office

A Valparaiso man was killed when he disregarded a stop sign and his car collided with another vehicle at U.S. 6 and CR 400 West Tuesday night, Aug. 21, 2018.

Zachary Holland, 20, of Valparaiso, an Indiana State Prison correctional officer, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened at about 10 p.m. LaPorte County officers stated that Holland was driving his blue GMC Envoy north on CR 400 West and Lewis K. O’Brien, 50, of Westville, was driving his silver Chevrolet Silverado east on U.S. 6. Police said Holland disregarded the stop sign at the intersection and entered the path of the Silverado.

Indiana State Prison officials released this statement Aug. 22: 

“The Indiana State Prison announces, with great sadness and heavy hearts, that Officer Zachary Holland of Indiana State Prison passed away last night in a fatal car accident. Officer Holland began his career with the Indiana State Prison on Sept. 11, 2017. Our deepest condolences to his family for their loss and to our Indiana State Prison Staff in their loss of a co-worker and friend. Warden Ron Neal stated, “This is simply a tragedy, one that can affect all of our lives at any moment as tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Officer Holland’s passing has hit many ISP staff hard as he was truly liked and respected by his co-workers. Our Honor Guard will proudly represent ISP at the funeral. Donations are being taken by this administration to assist the family in this time of need. Additionally, the Correctional Professionals Assistance Fund for IDOC will be providing a contribution to Officer Holland’s family. All Custody Staff will be honoring the memory of Officer Holland tomorrow by wearing a black ribbon on their uniform in his memory.”

O’Brien complained of pain to the upper body but refused treatment at the scene. The investigation has ruled out alcohol as being a factor in the crash.  

Besides the sheriff’s office, other emergency responders were LaPorte County EMS, Westville Police Department, Noble Township Volunteer Fire Department, and the LaPorte County Coroner’s Office.

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