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Portage man dies in crash on I-94

Updated: September 30, 2013 7:48AM



A Portage resident was killed early Wednesday on Interstate 94 after being struck by a semi.

A preliminary investigation showed Mark A. Sulich, 44, had parked his 2008 Honda passenger car on the outer shoulder, Indiana State Police said. A 2006 Kenworth pulling a box trailer, leased to Grine Trucking out of Ney, Ohio, and driven by Bradley D. Goudman, 37 of Avilla, Ind., was westbound in the right lane when Goudman noticed the Honda parked on the shoulder.

Goudman looked to change lanes from the right to the middle lane and as he looked back, Sulich entered into the right lane for unknown reasons and was struck.

Goudman came to a stop on the outer shoulder and had damage to the front right of his semi. He was hauling approximately 36,000 pounds of milk and juice. Goudman was not injured.

Police responded to the accident at approximately 3:33 a.m. Sulich, a teacher at Pierce Middle School in Merrillville, was pronounced dead at the scene of massive blunt force trauma by Porter County Chief Deputy Coroner Bob Byrd.



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