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Rolling Prairie Highway Accident Victim Identified

(Rolling Prairie, IN) - The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department has released details on Tuesday morning’s fatal crash on State Road 2.


At about 6:45 AM, a black 2020 Kenworth semi pulling a flatbed trailer was stopped at State Road 2 on northbound County Road 600 East. Turning left to head west on 2, the semi’s trailer was struck by an eastbound 2014 GMC pickup.


The pickup driver, 22-year-old Barbara Stanish of Rolling Prairie, was pronounced dead at the scene. The semi-driver, 21-year-old Anarbol Del Toro of Joliet, Illinois, was not injured.


An investigation is ongoing, as toxicology reports are pending.


A 2017 graduate of New Prairie High School, Stanish was an avid softball player and 10-year 4-H member.


In 2019 she began a career as a correctional officer at Indiana State Prison, where she was a member of the K-9 team. In May of this year, Stanish became a parole agent working in Elkhart County.   


Services for Stanish will take place Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

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