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Police investigate a fatal accident Thursday morning on County Line Road near Winfield.

LAKES OF THE FOUR SEASONS — A Crown Point area man suspected of carrying out a home invasion and assault at a Hebron mobile home park early Thursday was killed in a crash along County Line Road as he fled the area.

Investigators with the Lake County Police Traffic Investigation Team were called out to the crash scene in unincorporated Hebron just south of Lakes of the Four Seasons a little after 9 a.m.

There, they learned a red Toyota Camry with two occupants had collided with a black Pontiac Grand Am near the 12700 block of County Line Road, Lake County Sheriff's Department spokesman Emiliano Perez said in a news release.

The driver of the Camry, Kurt Falkenberg, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Falkenburg's passenger, a 43-year-old Cedar Lake man, fled the scene but was apprehended a short time later by officers. He was transported to the hospital under custody of Hebron Police with unknown injuries. 

Suspects connected to assault, home invasion

Hebron Police Chief Joshua Noel said the individuals in the Camry are suspects in an earlier aggravated assault and home invasion in the Gas-Lite Mobile Home Park in Hebron that occurred at about 9 a.m. Thursday. 

The Porter County coroner’s office was notified of the crash at about 12:39 p.m. 

Lake County officers determined through a preliminary investigation that the Toyota Camry was speeding northbound on County Line Road while fleeing from an aggravated assault in Hebron, Perez said. 

At one point, the Camry went left of center and struck the Pontiac head-on, Perez said.

The driver of the Pontiac — a 25-year-old woman from DeMotte — was reportedly in and out of consciousness at the scene and had to be extricated from the car and transported to a hospital, according to Perez.

Hebron Police retrieved evidence from the assault scene at the Gas-Lite Mobile Home Park and will be handling any charges connected to the Hebron case, Perez said. The Lake County Police Traffic Investigation Team will handle the crash investigation.

Both investigations are ongoing.   

The Porter County coroner said an autopsy will be performed Friday. Falkenberg was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident, according to the coroner's office.


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