Local man dies in SUV rollover on Ind. 39

From the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office:

On Aug. 31, 2019, at approximately 8:17 p.m., deputies were summoned to Ind. 39 and the I-80/90 (Indiana Toll Road) entrance/exit ramp regarding a motor vehicle crash.

Investigators learned that a tan 2005 Ford sport utility vehicle, driven by Ashley Nicole Kopriva, 28, of South Bend, was traveling north on Ind. 39, north of the toll road ramp. The vehicle left the east side of the roadway, rolled several times, became upright and traveled back onto Ind. 39 before eventually coming to a stop.

Kopriva was transported to an area hospital for treatment of an upper body injury. A passenger in her vehicle, Lawrence A. Homan, 31, with ties to South Bend and LaPorte, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Homan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) were summoned to the scene. Alcohol and toxicology test results are pending.

Also responding to the crash were LaPorte County EMS, Center Township Volunteer Fire Department, and the LaPorte County Coroner’s Office.

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