Rochelle R. Duffee : “68-Year-Old Woman Struck and Killed by Vehicle in Portage, Indiana: Police Investigation”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Tragic Accident Claims the Life of Elderly Woman in Portage

Portage, Indiana – A heartbreaking incident occurred on Tuesday evening in Portage, as a 68-year-old woman lost her life after being struck by a vehicle. The Portage Police Department promptly responded to the distressing scene, which took place at approximately 6:43 p.m. on November 28th. The accident transpired on Willowcreek Road, just north of Lexington Avenue, and involved a pedestrian and a 2006 Ford F-150 driven by a 46-year-old Portage resident.

Based on a preliminary investigation, it was determined that the pedestrian was crossing Willowcreek Road, heading westbound, around 50 feet north of the intersection. Meanwhile, the Ford pickup truck had been traveling eastbound on Lexington Avenue and had come to a halt at the Willowcreek Road intersection. Tragically, as the driver was executing a left-hand, northbound turn onto Willowcreek Road, the pedestrian was struck while walking in the inner lane of northbound Willowcreek Road. The driver, displaying commendable responsibility, remained at the scene and cooperated fully with investigators. Authorities have stated that there is currently no evidence suggesting the involvement of drugs or alcohol in this devastating collision.

The police report revealed that the lighting conditions at the time of the accident were dim, exacerbating the visibility challenges faced by both the driver and the pedestrian. Compounding the issue, the woman was wearing a dark blue sweater, further limiting her visibility to motorists. Although there are streetlights in the vicinity, it appears that the pedestrian was crossing in an area between two streetlights, which was not adequately illuminated.

Upon the officers’ arrival, the woman was found unconscious and suffering from life-threatening injuries. She was quickly transported via ambulance to Porter Regional Hospital before being airlifted to a renowned level 1 trauma center in Illinois. Sadly, the Portage Police Department was later informed by the Cook County, Illinois Medical Examiner’s Office that the woman did not survive her injuries. The victim has been identified as 68-year-old Rochelle R. Duffee, a cherished member of the Portage community.

This tragic incident serves as a somber reminder of the importance of pedestrian safety, particularly during low-light conditions. Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and urge all motorists and pedestrians to exercise caution and remain vigilant on the roads.

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