According to state police report, Solomon was driving east cutting weeds along the edge of the road when the mower was struck in the rear by a truck driven by Max E. Griffith, 31, of Dugger. Reportedly driving at a high rate of speed. Griffith was held in Porter county jail pending the coroner's inquest.
Lake County's 28th traffic accident fatality of the year was a resident of Hebron. He leaves a widow, Ruth, and three children.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at Sheets funeral home in Lowell and burial will follow in Orchard Grove.
Previously the truck driver had been released on bond after being fined $5 and costs on a reckless driving charge. The more serious charge was filed later by Prosecutor Clarenece Wood.
The charge was filed last Tuesday in Porter Circuit Court.
A Porter County coroner's inquest presided over by Leonard Wetmore, deputy coroner, resulted in the verdict.
Griffith's tractor-trailer crashed into the rear of a state highway mowing machine operated by Solomon on Ind. 53, one mile west of Hebron. Solomon died at Porter Memorial hospital in Valparaiso a few hours later.
Prosecutor Clarence Wood said that bond has been set at $5,000.
The deceased left a wife, Ruth and three young children.
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