Portage Man Died in Truck-Pedestrian Collision

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August 28, 2013 — Indiana State Police say a Portage man is a casualty of a morning truck-pedestrian incident.

ISP says 44-year-old Mark A. Sulich stepped into a lane of Interstate 94 “for unknown reasons and was struck” by a tractor-trailer.

ISP says its preliminary investigation shows that Sulich parked his 2008 Honda passenger car for unknown reasons on the outer westbound shoulder of the highway near mile marker 20.  It says  as Bradley Goudman was driving a 2006 Kenworth semi-truck pulling a box trailer, leased to Grine Trucking out of Ney, Ohio, westbound in the right lane, he noticed the Honda parked on the shoulder.  ISP says that as Goudman looked to change lanes from the right to the middle lane and looked back, “Sulich entered into the right lane for unknown reasons and was struck.”

State Police say it responded at around 3:33 a.m. to a location approximately one mile east of the Portage exit, where Goudman came to a stop on the outer shoulder of the highway with damage to the front of his semi.

ISP reports that Sulich was pronounced dead at the scene of massive blunt force trauma by Porter County Chief Deputy Coroner Bob Byrd and that the Sulich family has been notified.

The right lane was closed for reconstruction and investigation of the crash, removal of the deceased and car. The right lane was reopened at 7:45 a.m.

ISP says it cited Goudman for his log book not being current while he was hauling approximately 36,000 pounds of milk and juice, with no load loss.  Goudman was not injured.


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