Two fatalities in two days due to winter weather
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- This winter weather is becoming quite a safety hazard for foks in Michiana. There have been two fatalities in two days.
Just before one p.m., a car lost control on a snowy road and forty-six-year-old Linda Ward of Culver died from the crash.
Last night, just before 11 p.m., a Pontiac Sedan was speeding and slid on an ice patch on Cleveland Road and crashed into a mini-van.
The driver of the sedan, 40-year-old Christopher Perkins of Mishawaka, died. The couple in the minivan, who are in their seventies, were rushed to Memorial Hospital.
Althought the speed limit is clearly posted as 40-miles-per hour, witnesses say the driver going westbound was traveling almost seventy.
"Definitely speed was a factor," said Blank.
Sadly that speed and weather induced crash didn't turn out well for the driver, who had to be extricated from the vehicle or the victims in the mini-van.
"The driver who caused the accident did not survive," said Blank.
"There was an elderly couple in the mini-van they were transported to Memorial Hospital," said Blank.
Last night officers thought the only contributing factors to this crash were speed and slick roads, but police sent out a press release saying they believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol.