PORTER — A Portage woman found Wednesday evening alongside a road near Porter Beach died as a result of blunt force trauma to her head and neck, the Porter County coroner's office announced Monday.
The manner of the 29-year-old woman's death still is pending, and the investigation is ongoing, Porter County Coroner Cynthia Dykes said in a statement.
Shanda Crowe was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday alongside Waverly Road, north of the South Shore Line tracks and U.S. 12, police said.
Witnesses told police the woman had fallen or jumped from a moving vehicle that was being driven by Matthew Urquidi, 36, of Portage, police said.
Police said Urquidi had been involved in a hit-and-run property damage crash farther north on Waverly Road.
Urquidi was found to have a blood alcohol content of about 0.17%, or twice the legal limit for driving, police said. Urquidi was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
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Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.