Valparaiso man dead following crash on Ind. 39 and CR-1650S


The LaPorte County Sheriff’s office announced Friday afternoon that deputies were summoned on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 to Ind. 39 and County Road 1650S, located in rural Prairie Township, regarding a motor vehicle crash.  Deputy Alex Pishkur arrived minutes later and located a passenger vehicle off the east side of Ind. 39 and north of CR-1650 S. 

The driver (lone occupant) was identified as Daniel M. McKeown, 27, of Valparaiso, Ind.  McKeown was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash investigation determined that a gold 2000 Lexus had been traveling north on Ind 39.  For an unknown reason, the vehicle left the northbound lane of the highway and drove along a grassy area near the shoulder of the roadway for approximately 159 feet before colliding with a tree and coming to rest in a ditch.  At the time of the crash, Ind. 39 was partially snow covered. 

 Toxicology results are pending.    

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Hanna Township Volunteer Fire Department, La Porte County EMS, La Porte County Coroner’s Office and John’s Garage.

2 Responses to “Valparaiso man dead following crash on Ind. 39 and CR-1650S”

  1. jim

    Feb 15. 2020

    They run 100 mph down that section no shocked !

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  2. Anonymous

    Feb 17. 2020

    Jim, you are a real class act. Someone you don’t know died in a situation you weren’t involved in. How the hell do you know what happened? I also highly doubt people in general do 100mph on that road or the sheriffs office wouldn’t need to leave that area to find activity. I hope the family of that person who died never sees your idiotic comment.

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