Local deputy injured in crash, treated and released from South Bend Memorial Hospital

A department-issued vehicle driven by La Porte County Sheriff’s Capt. Andy Hynek was struck by another vehicle late Friday night, resulting in Hynek having to be extricated from his car and airlifted for medical treatment.

He was treated and released early Saturday morning.

The sheriff’s department said that Hynek had just started work at 10 p.m. as the midnight shift supervisor when he notified the La Porte County Regional E-911 Dispatch Center that he had been involved in a motor vehicle crash at U.S. 20 and CR-450 East.

Sgt. Jeff Wright arrived at the scene and, while aiding Hynek, was approached by an individual who told him he was the other driver involved in the crash; the driver also advised he was not injured.

Police said Hynek was alert and continued to communicate with Wright until emergency personnel arrived to treat him. He complained of pain to the right side of his body.

A medical helicopter was summoned and a landing zone was set up along U.S. 20 near the site. Hynek was extricated from his vehicle by emergency personnel and airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was treated and released early this morning.

Following an investigation, police said Hynek was traveling west on U.S. 20 in his agency-issued blue 2017 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor when a white 2020 Mack tandem axle truck, driven by James V. Futch, 50, of Dallas, Tex., was traveling south on CR-450 East. Police said Futch failed to yield and began to cross the highway directly into the path of Hynek’s vehicle. Hynek was unable to avoid colliding with Futch’s truck.

U.S. 20 was closed for several hours in both directions while investigators and deputies investigated the crash scene. By 4 a.m. the highway was re-opened.

Members of the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) were summoned to the scene for the crash investigation. Futch was transported to an area hospital for toxicology tests. Those results are pending. Police said that at this time alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation and no further information will be released, police said.

Futch was issued a citation for Failure to Yield (IC 9-21-8-31).

Assisting in this case were Sheriff John T. Boyd, Captain Derek J. Allen, Captain Pat Cicero, Sergeant Adam Hannon, Sergeant L. Scott Boswell, Sergeant Jon Burger, Deputy Slawek Czupryna, Detective James Lear, Deputy William Masterson, Deputy Ryan Doperalski, Deputy Jon Samuelson, Detective Gabe Struss, Deputy Derrick Deck, Deputy Austin Howell, Memorial MedFlight, La Porte County EMS and Kankakee Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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