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Fatal Crash Victim Identified

(La Porte County, IN) - The victim of a fiery fatal head on collision outside La Porte has been identified.


Miguel Angel Melchi-Beltran, 21, of Michigan City was pronounced dead at the scene, according to La Porte County Coroner Lynn Swanson.


La Porte County Police said emergency responders early Friday were called to the area of U.S. 35 and 400 North. 


Police said the head-on collision resulted after one of the drivers crossed the center line.


After impact, the Chevrolet passenger vehicle operated by the deceased burst into flames, police said.


La Porte County Police said the other driver, Kevin Baker, 37, of La Porte was extricated from a Chrysler min-van and airlifted to a regional hospital.


Authorities were still waiting for blood tests results to determine if alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.

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