La Porte man dies in two-car crash on U.S. 35


La Porte County Sheriff’s Office press release 

On April 5, 2021, at 5:43 a.m., deputies were summoned to the intersection of U.S. 35 and CR-250S, rural Pleasant Township, regarding a two-vehicle crash. Deputy Josh Smith arrived and found a deceased male in the northbound lanes.

The initial crash investigation completed by Deputy Jake Pisowicz and other deputies determined the following had occurred:

A silver 2016 Nissan driven by Adam Fedorowicz, 67, of La Porte, was traveling south on U.S. 35 in the right lane approaching CR-250S. A red 2006 Jeep driven by Melissa L. Newcomer, 28, of Knox, was traveling south on U.S. 35 in the left lane approaching CR-250S. Newcomer told deputies that the Nissan turned in front of her, leaving her no time to react, and she collided with the vehicle.

Following the crash, the Nissan came to rest in the grassy median just south of the U.S. 35 and CR-250S intersection. The Jeep came to rest on its roof in the northbound lanes of U.S. 35 south of CR-250S.

Smith interviewed a witness who said he was traveling south on U.S. 35 behind the Nissan when he observed its right turn signal activate to indicate a possible right turn onto CR-250S. However, the Nissan failed to merge into the turn lane and suddenly turned left and into the Jeep’s path. He said the Jeep crashed into the driver’s side of the Nissan.

Fedorowicz was ejected from the Nissan in the crash. Newcomer complained of pain, however refused medical treatment at the scene.

Toxicology test results are pending.  The crash investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released.

All four lanes of U.S. 35 were closed between Boyd Boulevard and CR-400S for about 1 1/2 hours for the crash investigation.

Assisting: Sergeant Nathan Battleday; Deputies William Masterson III, Michael Sweet, Austin Howell, Kasz Billings; La Porte Police; La Porte County EMS; Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Department; Quick’s Towing and Shaw’s Auto Service.

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