Greencastle woman dies in Porter County crash

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

PORTAGE -- A Greencastle woman died Tuesday morning in a head-on collision that also claimed the life of a Porter County teen.

According to The Times of Northwest Indiana, 85-year-old Gayle Brown died at the scene of the two-car crash on U.S. 20 just after 7 a.m.

Also killed was the driver of the other vehicle, 17-year-old Amera Abu-Hakmeh of Portage.

Abu-Hakmeh's 12-year-old sister was transported to Comers Children's Hospital in Chicago where she was in critical, but stable condition on Tuesday, Portage Police Chief Troy Williams told The Times.

Brown was allegedly driving a Buick Regal at a high rate of speed and crossed the center line striking the car carrying the two girls, according to officials. She was westbound in the inside lane of traffic before crossing the center line.

Abu-Hakmeh was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse eastbound.

The crash was being investigated by both the Portage Police Department and the Porter County Coroner's Office.

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  • Why would someone of her age be driving so fast?

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Wed, Oct 25, 2017, at 11:28 PM
  • Gayle Brown was a wonderful person. Please don't judge her until we all know the facts. I believe that there was something wrong with Gayle to be in that area and traveling at a high rate of speed. She was a very sweet lady and would be inconsolable to know that she had caused an accident much less that her actions would have caused the death of anyone,

    much less a young lady of that age and caliber.

    Let's wait to see what the findings of the accident are before we judge anyone.

    Age should not be a factor in any of this. How fast was the other vehicle going? Just think before you judge someone. It could have very well have been you! How would your loved ones feel to read this comment?

    Thank you for your time. I just knew her, and know there is a reason. Who are we to judge?

    -- Posted by chicken on Thu, Oct 26, 2017, at 12:22 AM
  • Not judging or accusing....just wondering.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Thu, Oct 26, 2017, at 10:55 AM
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