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South Bend man killed in LaGrange County crash

A 45-year-old South Bend man, who was trying to pass a semi on a busy state road, died in a multi-vehicle crash.

The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department has identified the victim as Hoffman Kennach. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The deadly accident happened early Wednesday morning on State Road 5.

LaGrange County Deputy Sheriff Brent Houser said Kennach was, "in the process of passing a semi when he sideswiped a northbound passenger car."

That 52-year-old driver ended up on the side of the road suffering from minor injuries.

Kennach's Chevy Suburban spun out of control and was t-boned by a pick-up truck, which was heading northbound.

The 51-year-old man driving that Ford F-450 was taken to the hospital with a broken rib.

Police said Kennach was ejected from his vehicle and died at the scene.

Indiana State Police are assisting with this investigation.

No charges have been filed.

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