Update on Friday’s fatality: drivers’ identities released

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, which has been investigating the U.S. 6 crash that resulted in a death shortly before noon Friday, has released the names of the drivers involved.

Taren Abair, 29, of Grovertown, Ind. was killed while driving her Toyota Rav-4, police said. John Niego, 60, of Michigan City, Ind. was the driver of a Dodge Ram pick-up truck involved in the crash; he was flown to South Bend Memorial Hospital due to injuries sustained from the crash.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched to the 8200 east block of U.S 6 following a report of a head-on collision between a pick-up truck and a passenger vehicle. Upon their arrival, the deputies learned that the operator of the passenger vehicle was deceased. Deputies also discovered a two-year-old child with minor injuries secured within a child safety seat.

The exact cause of the crash has not been officially determined, but it is believed that a tractor-trailer was side-swiped by the pick-up truck prior to the head-on collision, police said.

The driver of the pick-up truck was flown to South Bend Memorial Hospital. The two-year-old child was transported via ambulance to South Bend Memorial Hospital.

Due to the severity of the crash and a confirmed death, the LaPorte County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (F.A.C.T) was activated and assumed control of the scene and investigation. In addition to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office response, members of the LaPorte County EMS, LaPorte County Coroner’s Office, Walkerton Fire Department, and Kingsford Union Fire Department responded to the scene.

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