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Man Charged in Weekend Fatality

(LaPorte County, IN) - A Knox man allegedly caused a death while driving impaired in LaPorte County. 39-year-old Thomas Nelsen is charged with operating while intoxicated causing death and other counts. 


The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office said Nelsen veered over the center line Saturday afternoon and hit a truck on Route 6 near Westville. Another vehicle swerved and hit a utility pole.

Police say the victim was on a motorcycle with her husband. The motorcycle slid and rolled.

Barbara McDowell of Kingsford Heights was airlifted and died early the next morning.


Police did not reveal if Nelsen was impaired by drugs or alcohol. He was being held in the LaPorte County Jail on $20,000 bond.  His wife, Kelly, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, police said. Police also did not reveal if anyone else was injured.

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