Wheatfield man seriously injured in early morning crash

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a single-car crash that resulted in serious injury to 36-year-old Noah H. Serynek early Saturday morning.

At 2:14 a.m. Saturday deputies were dispatched to U.S. 421 and CR-1800 South in rural Dewey Township in response to a reported motor vehicle crash. When Deputies Keith Waltz and Jet Balenia arrived they located a passenger vehicle along the southbound shoulder of U.S. 421.

The crash investigation determined that a gray 2003 BMW had been traveling south on U.S. 421. For an unknown reason, the vehicle drove left of center into the northbound lane for a short distance, back into and across the southbound lane, off the roadway, and into a ditch for an extended distance, before eventually coming to rest south of CR-1800 South.

Excessive speed was determined to be a contributing factor in the crash.

The driver, the lone occupant, was identified as Serynek, of Wheatfield, Ind. Police said he sustained an upper-body injury and was airlifted from the scene to a regional area hospital for treatment.

U.S. 421 was closed for about two hours for the crash investigation, cleanup of the debris field and removal of the vehicle.

Alcohol and toxicology tests results are pending.

Assisting in the crash were Captain Derek J. Allen, Captain Andrew Hynek, Westville Police Department, La Crosse and Cass-Clinton Volunteer Fire Departments, La Porte County EMS and Memorial MedFlight.

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