Portage Crash Claimed Two Lives During Pursuit
October 31, 2013 — Portage police say their investigation continues into a crash that killed two people while an officer was trying to stop a possibly intoxicated driver.
Portage police say that crash yesterday killed the driver Simon Moffat and a woman in another vehicle, Karina Gonzalez.
Portage Police Chief Troy Williams said police, “are saddened by the outcome of this encounter.”
He says it started when a Portage police officer saw a Nissan Altima speeding from a McDonald’s restaurant drive-through lane. Advised that the driver might be intoxicated, Portage Police say the officer signaled the driver to stop at a traffic light.
Portage police say the Nissan’s driver accelerated and fled the officer, crossing into oncoming traffic on Willowcreek Road where the Nissan collided with a Chevrolet Malibu, causing a fire and two deaths at the scene.
The Porter County coroner identified the deceased Nissan driver as Simon Moffat. The coroner says the passenger killed in the Malibu was Karina Gonzalez.
The Portage Police Department says the Malibu’s driver was airlifted to a South Bend hospital, and it says it did not know why Moffat failed to stop when signaled to do so by the police officer.