Medical Emergency Causes Fatal Wreck on Interstate 70

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Clay County - August 15, 2019, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Indiana State Police responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 70 near the 18-mile marker eastbound.

Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Adam Edwards indicates that a 2005 Chevrolet, driven by Daryl W. Duhrkoff, of Portage, Michigan, was traveling westbound on Interstate 70 near the 18-mile marker. A passenger in the vehicle, Shirley R. Lively, of Portage, Michigan, advised that she spoke to Duhrkoff and received no response. Lively stated that when she looked at Duhrkoff, she observed that he was not acting normal and had a blank stare. It was at that time that the vehicle began to drift to the south, traveling through the grassy median, and across both eastbound lanes of Interstate 70. The Chevrolet came to an abrupt stop upon entering the wood line on the southside of Interstate 70.

First responders, and good Samaritans at the scene, immediately rendered first-aid to Duhrkoff, who was not breathing, however, they were unable to revive him.

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Duhrkoff was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident by the Clay County Coroner.

Lively was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to a contributing factor in the accident.

Family members have been notified.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning at Regional Hospital.

Assisting Agencies: Troopers from the Putnamville State Police Post, Posey Township Fire Department, Star Ambulance Service, Clay County Coroner's Office, and Absolute Wrecker Service.

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