Woman killed in crash on Indiana Toll Road in St. Joseph County identified

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UPDATE: Police have identified the woman killed in a crash on the toll road in St. Joseph County. 66-year-old Dora Carmen Natella was a passenger in an SUV that struck the back corner of a U-P-S semi after the brakes of the trailer locked up. The crash happened, late Tuesday morning, in the westbound lanes near the 79-mile marker. The 28-year-old woman driving the SUV was not hurt. The semi-driver escaped injury, as well.

ORIGINAL STORY: A woman was killed in a crash on the toll road in St. Joseph County.

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, Indiana State Police troopers were called to the collision near the 79.6 mile marker in the westbound lanes.

The crash occurred between a UPS semi with double trailers and a silver Toyota SUV.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a brown 2016 Kenworth towing double trailers was traveling westbound when the brakes on the rear trailer locked up. The Kenworth stopped with the rear trailer mostly in the right lane.

A silver 2019 Toyota traveling westbound in the right lane swerved to the left but struck the left rear corner of the rear trailer with the right side of the Toyota. A female in the front passenger seat of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the Toyota and the driver of the Kenworth, Stefan Canic, 33 of Munster, were not injured in the crash. There were no other passengers in the Toyota.

An inspection of the Kenworth to determine the cause of the brakes to lock will be conducted by troopers with the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

Westbound lanes were closed for nearly four hours for removal of the vehicles and the preliminary crash investigation. Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected to be factors in this crash.

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