Michigan City Man Dies After Allegedly Jumping Off Overpass

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Sergeant Ann Wojas

Public Information Officer


DATE: August 28, 2019

Michigan City Man Dies After Allegedly Jumping Off Overpass

LaPorte County-A Michigan City man died yesterday afternoon after he allegedly jumped off an overpass onto I-94 and struck a semi.

Preliminary investigation by Senior Trooper Jerry George revealed at approximately 12:58 p.m., yesterday, August 27th, 2019, afternoon, witnesses stated that a burgundy Chevrolet pick-up driven by a forty-seven (47) year old from Michigan City was north bound on County Line Road (Porter/LaPorte) when he stopped as he drove onto the overpass over I-94.  The 47 year old got out of his truck went to the east side of the bridge onto the guard rail and allegedly jumped. 

The 47 year old hit the windshield of a 2019 semi Volvo tractor pulling a refrigerated trailer that was east bound on I-94; after hitting the windshield he then bounced off and went through the top of the tractor coming to rest inside the semi’s sleeper.  The 47 year old was pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy with the LaPorte County Coroner’s office.

The driver of the semi, a thirty eight (38) year old from Hannon, Ontario was not injured.  Detectives from the Lowell Post Field Investigations also responded. 

Assisting: Trooper Nathan Wolfe, Sergeant Alan Jamerson, LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department and Porter County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Department of Transportation, LaPorte County Coroner’s Office, ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and Cloverleaf Towing.

Picture is of the semi.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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