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St. John woman killed by drunken driver in crash on U.S. 41

Michael Knezevich 26 1000 blk 19th Street ChestertIN. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

Michael Knezevich, 26, of the 1000 blk of 19th Street in Chesterton, IN. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 19, 2012 6:12AM



ST. JOHN — A Chesterton man with prior drunken driving convictions will be charged with driving drunk in a crash that killed a St. John woman Saturday night.

Michael Knezevich, 26, scored .216 percent blood alcohol, more than two times Indiana’s legal limit of .08 percent, when he was arrested at the scene of the crash on U.S. 41 at 109th Avenue.

Sandra Marvel, 66, died at Franciscan St. Margaret Health Dyer from injuries she suffered in the three-car collision.

Witnesses told police Knezevich made a U-turn on U.S. 41 and drove his 1999 Jeep north through a red light at 109th Avenue as William Marvel was in the intersection driving west, Lake County police spokeswoman Patti Van Til said.

Marvel’s car spun and hit an oncoming Ford Fusion in the intersection. Marvel and the driver of the Fusion both suffered injuries; Marvel was admitted to the Dyer hospital, the other driver was treated and released from Franciscan St. Anthony Health Crown Point.

Knezevich has several arrests for driving while suspended and two for operating while intoxicated. In the most recent arrest, Knezevich pleaded guilty to an October 2011 drunken driving charge.



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