80-year-old seriously injured, 2 others hurt in crash involving sheriff's deputy

An 80-year-old man, a 20-year-old man and a Porter County sheriff's deputy were injured Sunday in a crash on Ind. 149, about a half mile shout of County Road 700 North, according to Indiana State Police.

An 80-year-old was taken to a Chicago hospital with a head injury and two others, including a Porter County sheriff's deputy, were injured in a three-vehicle crash Sunday on Ind. 149, police said.

Indiana State Police said a preliminary investigation showed Lawrence Caronch, 20, of Valparaiso, was driving a 1995 Jeep Cherokee north on Ind. 149 a half mile south of County Road 700 North when he stopped because of a large lampshade in the middle of the road.

Edward Allande, 80, of Valparaiso, was driving a 2017 Subaru Outback behind Caronch and also stopped, police said. 

Porter County Deputy Tim Bell, 37, failed to see Allande stopped, police said. His fully marked 2015 Ford Explorer hit the back of Allande's Outback, causing the Outback to strike the Cherokee.

Allande was extricated from his car, and all three drivers were initially taken to Porter Regional Hospital, police said.

Allande was later taken by ambulance to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago for a head injury, police said. Caronch and Bell were treated at Porter and released.

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.