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Valparaiso woman killed, husband injured in crash

Updated: August 7, 2014 6:51AM



Alcohol is suspected in a Friday night crash that left a 66-year-old Valparaiso woman dead and her husband hospitalized in critical condition and facing charges.

Theresa Johnson of Valparaiso died early Saturday morning at Porter Regional Hospital where she was being treated for severe internal injuries sustained in the crash, Sgt. Larry LaFlower, public information officer with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, said in a release Saturday.

Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said Johnson was pronounced dead at 12:44 a.m. Her husband, Dwayne Johnson, 67, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in Hobart and was in critical but stable condition, Harris said.

The crash occurred about 9:45 p.m. Friday when the car driven by Dwayne Johnson was headed north on County Road 250W in Center Township when police said he disregarded the red light at U.S. 30 and crashed into car carrying a family that was heading east through the intersection.

The 41-year-old Warsaw man who was driving the eastbound vehicle was not seriously injured. His 34-year-old wife suffered minor injuries and was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart.

Two children, 5 and 1, were in child safety seats in the back seat. The children suffered minor injuries, LaFlower said.

Both drivers were tested at the scene for alcohol consumption. The driver of the eastbound vehicle tested negative. The test showed Johnson had alcohol in his system, police said. A search warrant was issued for a blood draw at the hospital.

Charges are pending because Johnson was kept at the hospital for treatment of his injuries, LaFlower said.



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