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Charges in Crash Death of Graduate

(La Porte County, IN) - Charges have been filed for a suspected impaired driving-related fatality in La Porte County earlier this year.


Michael Murphy, 22, of Hobart, is charged with Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death, Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Bodily Injury, and Reckless Homicide. Another driver involved in the accident, Malachi Young, 19, of Michigan City, was pronounced dead.


The crash occurred on June 13 in the area of U.S. 20 and Pinetree Drive. La Porte County Police said Murphy drove over the center line before crashing into the vehicle operated by Young.


A warrant was issued Friday for the arrest of Murphy following an ongoing investigation of the accident. Murphy, who surrendered voluntarily, was held in the La Porte County Jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond.


Young had just received his high school diploma at a graduation ceremony before the crash.

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