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Mini-Bike Driver Seriously Hurt in Crash

(La Porte County, IN) - A teenager was seriously hurt when his mini bike collided with a pickup truck outside La Porte.


Garrett West, 18, was taken by helicopter to a South Bend hospital with a broken nose, broken cheek, concussion, and dental problems, according to La Porte County Police.


Police said West was northbound on Jongkind Park Road at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. His mini bike slammed into the passenger side of a southbound 2023 Ford F-150, which turned left into the path of West.


The other driver, Nicholas Henckel, 37, told investigators he did not see the oncoming mini bike.


The off-road mini bike was not street legal or equipped with lights at the time of the crash, and West was not wearing a helmet. 


Both vehicles involved in the collision did not sustain much damage.

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