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Updated: December 18, 2012 5:43PM



LAKE COUNTY

Car rolls, airborne; driver unhurt

A woman walked away with no injuries after her car rolled over three times, hitting a semi and a concrete barrier wall twice.

Indiana State Police State Trooper Steve Caylor said that around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Barbara Macikszek, 35, of Bensonvile Ill., was heading east on Interstate 80 in the left lane when she swerved to the right to avoid a semi tire tread on the road. Her 2011 Hyundai then hit a 2005 Freightliner, driven by Randy Townsend, 36, of Hartford, pulling a box trailer, in the driver’s side rear tire, causing the Hyundai to swerve back to the left and hit the median barrier wall.

The car rolled three times, and also went airborne and hit the driver’s side of the Freightliner’s box trailer, leaving a hole. The car came to a rest upright facing west. The semi and trailer, owned by OJC Trucking and loaded with barbells, suffered approximately $10,000 in damage.

LAKE COUNTY

Man admits taking purse from car

A 24-year-old man was sentenced to 12 months on probation for theft and ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

Corey Alonzo Straughter admitted he stole a purse from a car parked at Westfield Southlake Mall on Oct. 12. The purse was recovered.

The plea agreement submitted to Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez outlined the sentence and specified that the conviction would be entered as a misdemeanor, not a felony.

Deputy prosecutor Jose Vega read aloud a letter from the victim, who said she did not agree to probation. If she were in the same room as Straughter, the woman wrote that she would ask him, “Who do you think you are taking what I bust my butt to have?”

Straughter apologized for the crime and said he was raised not to act the way he did. He was facing eviction at the time.

PORTER COUNTY

Two brothers air-lifted from crash

A single vehicle roll-over Tuesday afternoon required two brothers to be air-lifted from the scene.

Around 2:30 p.m. Salvador Paramo, 47 of Shelby Township, Mich., was heading east on I-94 when a red car began to encroach his lane, according to State Trooper Brian White.

Paramo swered left to avoid the car, went off the roadway and onto the inner sholder, then overcorrected and lost control. The black 2003 Saturn Vue began to roll-over.

Richard Paramo, 18 and son of Salvadore, was in the front seat and was partially ejected from the vehicle and had to be removed from the vehicle. He suffered internal and head injuries.

Richard’s brother, Salvador Paramo Jr. 23, was ejected out of the vehicle and landed in the left hand lane. He had serious head injuries.

Both brother’s were air-lifted to Advocate Christ Hospital for treatment.

All east bound traffic was closed until about 4 p.m. to investigate, remove the car, clean the road, and land the two air ambulances.



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