Authorities Investigating Two Vehicle Crash: LaGrange County Deputy and Two Others Injured
By: Sheila McCrea - Thursday, March 9, 2023

LAGRANGE, IN - At the request of the LaGrange County Sheriff's Department, the Indiana State Police is investigating a two vehicle crash where a LaGrange County Deputy and two other people were injured.

Reports indicate the accident happened at around 3:45 PM Wednesday afternoon in the 800 block of south Detroit Street in LaGrange. The crash involved an on duty LaGrange County Sheriff's Deputy K9 Unit that was responding to assist another officer.

A news released from the Indiana State Police said that LaGrange County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Emelander was traveling northbound on Detroit Street approaching the area of the Dollar General store (819 South Detroit) when a 2011 Buick passenger car turned south out of the Dollar General parking lot directly into the path of Emelander's squad car.

Investigators say Deputy Emelander's squad car struck the Buick on the driver’s side, then ran off the road before striking a tree.

The driver of the Buick, identified as Lillian Jagoda (age 80) of LaGrange and her passenger, Barbara Ebert (age 87) also of Lagrange, were transported from the scene for their injuries to Parkview Hospital.

Deputy Emelander was also transported to Parkview Hospital. His K9 partner was taken to a local vet.

Conditions of those injured are unknown at this time.

Neither drug nor alcohol use is suspected in this crash and investigations are on going.

Seatbelt use and airbag deployment in both vehicles was believed to have limited the severity of injuries sustained.

Assisting Trooper Russell with this investigation were troopers from the Indiana Toll Road Post and Peru Post, the LaGrange Police Department, LaGrange Fire and EMS Personnel, LaGrange County Sheriff's Department.

This remains an active investigation. There is no further information to release at this time.


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