A 92-year-old Leesburg man said to have dementia was found dead early Tuesday morning after his car appeared to have struck a tree, according to a news release from Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department spokesman 1st Sgt. Chad D. Hill.
Officers from North Webster and the sheriff's department were notified at 2:29 a.m. to be on the lookout for a white 2007 Lincoln being driven by James E. Loser. Family members reported that he had left his home while driving the Lincoln. Family members also reported that he suffered from dementia, according to the news release.
As officers were traveling to the Tippecanoe Lake area, a North Webster police officer found Loser's vehicle off the road near the area of EMS T40 lane and Kalorama Road. Loser was found inside the crashed vehicle, semi-conscious, but once removed, his condition began to deteriorate. CPR was initially performed by the North Webster/Tippecanoe Township E.M.S. Kosciusko County Coroner Tony Ciriello was summoned to the crash scene, where Loser was pronounced dead from what appears to be blunt-force trauma injuries, according to the news release.
A Kosciusko County Fatal Team reconstructionist preliminarily determined that Loser had been travelling south on Kalorama when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road, striking mailboxes, signs and other items, before hitting the tree, according to the release.