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Lake County, Indiana - May 31, 2013

Police say a teenage motorist died Friday during an accident in the Griffith area.

According to deputies with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, an unidentified motorist was behind the wheel of a vehicle as it traveled along Blaine Street (South Broad Street). As the driver passed between East Joliet Street and James Road, around 1:55 a.m.,he crashed for unknown reasons.

Paramedics responded to the scene, but were unable to save an occupant, Griffith resident Cody J. Lejeune, 19. It is unclear whether Mr. Lejeune was the driver or a passenger.

According to the National Safety Council, the rate of traffic deaths rose 4 percent in 2012 to 1.23 per 100 million. The study attributed the increase, in part, to a mild winter and improved economic conditions.

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