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charges in alleged owi death

Monday, October 08, 2018 16:28 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A man involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash disrupting the Michigan City High School homecoming parade was allegedly drunk.

Timothy Malott, 55, of Michigan City is charged with operating while intoxicated causing death, a level 4 felony.

He's also charged with OWI as a level 6 felony for allegedly having a prior OWI conviction within the past five-years.

The victim was identified Monday as Anthony Waters, 49, also of Michigan City.

According to police, Waters about 5 p.m. Friday pulled out from a stop sign on Skwiat Legion Ave. into the path of Malott.

The Ford Focus driven by Malott southbound on Franklin St. broadsided the victim's Toyota Corolla, police said.

Police said Waters after extricated from the wreckage and transported to Franciscan St. Anthony Health was soon pronounced dead.

Malott after refusing to voluntarily submit to drug and alcohol testing was ordered by a judge to provide a blood sample at the hospital.

The test revealed a .133-percent blood alcohol content, police said.

Michigan City Police traffic division commander Lt. Jeff Loniewski said heavy damage to both vehicles along with surveillance video of the crash indicate Malott was traveling above the 30 mile per hour speed limit.

Loniewski said the accident happened about 40 minutes prior to the start of the homecoming parade to Ames Field where the Michigan City Wolves soundly defeated the LaPorte Slicers in high school football later that evening.

The parade originally scheduled down Franklin St. was rerouted to Wabash St. to allow for a clean-up of the wreckage and investigation of the crash just south of the football stadium.

Loniewski said a standard blood sample was taken from the victim but the test results had not come back.

''At this point, there was no indication he was under the influence of anything,'' Loniewski said.
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