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Single Vehicle Accident Claims Life of Valparaiso Man

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An Icy road is the apparent cause of a single vehicle accident overnight that claimed the life of a Valparaiso man and injured a passenger riding in the vehicle. 
 
Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says shortly after 4:30 Saturday morning his office was dispatched to Joliet Rd. west of County Road 250 West in Valparaiso for a motor vehicle accident.  
 
Harris says the driver, "22 year-old, Michael Malone was pronounced dead at the scene."    According to the coroner Malone was apparently heading westbound on Joliet Rd. when he lost control and went into a ditch."  
 
  A passenger in the vehilce was taken to a nearby hospital.  Harris says that required toxicology tests will be carried out to determine if alcohol or drugs played any role in the accident.   
 
Icy roads continue to be a hazard this morning all across northwest Indiana as roads that became flooded earlier this week have frozen over. 
 
Shortly before 9 a.m. this morning a vehicle versus a pole causing an extrication at State Road 149 and Robbins Rd/ CR 875 north in the South Haven area.  Authorities closed both roads for a time this morning.  
 
Another crash blamed on ice overturned at least one vehicle on State Rd. 2 between Clay St. and County Line Road, east of the Lowell exit and truck stops on State Rd. 2.

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