(FORT WAYNE) - A Coldwater man who was injured in a July 1st traffic accident near Hamilton died from his injuries over the weekend. Indiana State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz says 64-year-old Howard T. Beekman died at Parkview Regional Medical Center after he was flown there by the Samaritan Helicopter. Beekman was a passenger in a 2011 Freightliner box truck which was driven by 51-year-old Michael W. Hephner of Angola that crashed on County Road 00 North near County Road 51 in DeKalb County.
State Police said at the time of the accident that Hephner went off the south side of the road, went into a ditch and struck two tress before stopping on the road. Troopers say Hephner purportedly took his eyes off the road for just a moment before the crash. He was taken to Cameron Hospital for treatment.