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Driver in Crash Taken by Helicopter

(LaPorte, IN) - A LaPorte man was apparently seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash early today.


It happened before 1 a.m. on McClung Road near East Shore Parkway. According to LaPorte County Police, 22-year old Benito Pucheta went off a curve and struck a parked car in the driveway of a residence.


Pucheta went down an embankment and struck a group of trees. He was taken by helicopter, police said. LaPorte Fire Chief Andy Snyder said Pucheta was unconscious upon arrival but

later opened his eyes and was talking before flown to a hospital. Snyder said the man was extricated from the wreckage. Police said a blood sample was taken from the driver to determine if he had consumed alcohol but the results were still pending.

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