LAPORTE COUNTY | Hanna Ohlund was known for her love of horses and bringing smiles to the faces children she worked with on their horseback riding skills.
The 24-year-old woman whose parents, Tim and Jackie Ohlund, are prominent business owners in LaPorte County, died Saturday night following a single-vehicle crash near Michigan City.
"My daughter just thought she hung the moon and so did many others," said John Boyd, a major with the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office.
His 12-year-old daughter has a horse she keeps at the Ohlund farm near Heston where she was taught how to ride and care for the animal by Hanna Ohlund.
"She was a beautiful person," said Boyd.
Ohlund died Saturday night after her life support was turned off once her organs were harvested.
She was traveling east Wednesday night on LaPorte County Road 1000 North about a half-mile east of County Road 250 West when her 2008 Hyundai traveled through a ditch and struck a utility pole, according to LaPorte County police.
Her vehicle wound up entangled in the power lines, police said.
Police said Ohlund was unable to speak to officers about the crash but it appears she was traveling at a high rate of speed.
She suffered a severe head injury. Ohlund was a hairstylist at the Timothy Jeffry Salon in Michigan City.
Her parents own Heston Supper Club and the nearby Heston Hills Banquet Center in northern LaPorte County.
A celebration of life service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Heston Hills.
"She was very driven and very focused. Everything she did she gave it her all," said Boyd.