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Valpo woman killed, 2 girls injured in LaPorte County crash

Updated: July 19, 2012 3:26PM



WESTVILLE (AP) — A nearly head-on crash in northwestern Indiana has left one person dead and three others critically injured.

LaPorte County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Sosinski says a speeding SUV went left of center on a curving rural road and struck a car, killing the car’s driver and injuring two young sisters riding in it.

Sosinski says the crash killed 26-year-old Katherine Atkins of Valparaiso and injured the SUV’s driver, John Ray Mikle of Michigan City and 7-year-old Neilah Maule and 5-year-old Jaydyn Maule. They’re daughters of Atkins’ boyfriend. Mikle’s age and girls’ hometown isn’t clear.

Sosinski says rain prevented a medical helicopter from landing at the scene about 30 miles southwest of South Bend, so the injured went by ambulance to hospitals in LaPorte and Michigan City.



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