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Highway Death Ruled Suicide

(Michigan City, IN) - According to La Porte County Coroner Lynn Swanson, the death of a Michigan City man struck by a semi-truck in mid-November has been ruled a suicide.


Swanson said it appears 18-year old Jose Jenkins borrowed his father's car and drove to the area of Interstate 94 and U.S. 421.


Jenkins got out of the vehicle and walked to the edge of the six-lane interstate. A video camera on the truck's dashboard showed Jenkins on foot moving into the vehicle's path.


“It appeared he stepped out into the street and stood there, turned and faced the truck coming and made no attempt to move,” Swanson said.

Swanson said the investigation showed Jenkins was despondent over the recent death of a family member. A toxicology test revealed THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, was in the victim's blood, she said.

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