One-car crash kills Valparaiso man, injures passenger
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent February 22, 2014 3:40PM
Updated: February 23, 2014 2:02AM
VALPARAISO — Police said speed and an icy road were factors in a one-car accident early Saturday west of Valparaiso in which one man was killed and another was seriously injured.
The driver, Michael Malone Jr., 22, of Valparaiso, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Ryan Allison, 22, also of Valparaiso, sustained serious injuries and was being treated in the intensive care unit of Porter Regional Hospital.
According to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, a passerby called 911 after arriving at the crash scene on Joliet Road west of County Road 250W. The passerby told dispatchers he was driving Allison to the hospital, and he thought Malone had no pulse when he checked on him.
The sheriff’s department was called to the scene about 3 a.m. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 1991 Dodge Stealth driven by Malone was westbound on Joliet Road when it slid left of center off the roadway and struck a tree after rolling over onto its roof.
The roadway in the area of the crash was icy because of snowmelt runoff and overnight freezing temperatures, police said. Speed and roadway conditions appear to be factors in the crash.
Toxicology testing will be performed by the Porter County Coroner’s Office to determine if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.
The Valparaiso Fire Department and the coroner’s office assisted at the scene.