Autopsies give no clue to cause of Wednesday's crash in Portage

2013-10-31T14:40:00Z 2013-11-01T00:16:14Z Autopsies give no clue to cause of Wednesday's crash in PortageTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 31, 2013 2:40 pm  • 

PORTAGE | Autopsy results on a Portage man aren't giving investigators any clues as to why he fled police and crashed his vehicle into another car.

Simon P. Moffat, 40, of Portage, died when his brain stem was severed in the crash, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said.

Results from the possibly more revealing toxicology tests will take about six weeks to be returned.

Moffat's autopsy was performed by the Lake County Coroner's office in Crown Point.

The autopsy on Karina Gonzalez, 33, of Portage, a passenger in the vehicle struck by Moffat, showed she died as a result of multiple blunt force trauma, Harris said. Her autopsy was performed at Porter Regional Hospital in Liberty Township.

Rogelio Gonzalez, Karina's husband and driver of the second car, was airlifted to Memorial Hospital of South Bend and remains in good condition, according to a hospital spokesman.

Portage Police Chief Troy Williams said Thursday the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The collision happened about 3 a.m. Wednesday on Willowcreek Road, just north of U.S. 6. A police officer had attempted to stop Moffat after he had seen him driving erratically after leaving a McDonald's drive-thru on U.S. 6.

Instead of stopping, Moffat accelerated his Nissan Altima northbound on Willowcreek Road, then suddenly swerved into the southbound lanes, striking the Gonzalez vehicle, a Chevrolet Malibu.

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