LAPORTE — A restaurant is closed after its owners were killed in a head-on collision Friday night.
Don Kaczmarek, 47, and his wife Angie Kaczmarek, 49, of Michigan City, owned Packman’s Family Pizzeria at 612 Lincolnway in downtown LaPorte.
"They were just an absolutely wonderful couple. It was always a pleasure to stop in and see them," said Thaddeus Cutler, the city’s downtown director.
Cutler said the Kaczmareks eagerly took part in events promoting the downtown and ran a solid business.
"It’s really taken the wind out of a lot of downtown merchants and rightly so. It’s just terrible what’s happened," Cutler said.
The Kaczmareks bought the pizzeria in LaPorte from Alvious and Jessica Pack, who continue to operate the Packman’s in Michigan City, Cutler said.
LaPorte County Police Capt. Mike Kellems said indications are that the Kaczmareks were delivering a pizza order before 8 p.m. when their Honda Odyssey minivan was struck by an oncoming Ford Mustang driven by Tron Gorbonosenko, 40, on U.S. 20 near Rolling Prairie. The Kaczmareks were killed upon impact, Kellams said. Gorbonosenko was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with undisclosed injuries.
Kellems said investigators were still trying to determine how long Gorbonosenko had been over the center line prior to the collision.
Kellems said blood alcohol tests are required by law in any serious injury or fatal crash, and it might be a week before the results are known.
The collision happened on a two-lane stretch of U.S 20 at Bootjack Road close to New Prairie High School. That location is just a few miles east of the four lane stretch of U.S. 20 where six people this year have lost their lives from motor vehicle collisions.