Indiana Conservation Officers believe alcohol and speed may have been factors in a fatal Saturday boating accident on Lake Shafer. Anne L. Wittsock, 43, of Burbank, Ill. drove a personal water craft into NIPSCO utility cables stretched across the lake to keep boaters away from Norway Dam, according to a DNR news release. Nearby boaters rescued her and performed CPR. Wittsock was initially taken to IU Health White Hospital and flown to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she was pronounced dead. A male passenger, Joseph P. Allen, also of Illinois, was not hurt in the crash.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.