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Estate case tied to death by patrol car

– The family of a man killed last year in a crash with an Allen County police car is seeking to collect money in a wrongful-death case.

According to documents filed in Allen Superior Court, the mother of Elmo Portee opened an estate case last month, asking the court to appoint a personal representative to “collect damages for wrongful death.”

In March 2012, the 27-year-old Portee was killed when a minivan he was driving was struck by a police car driven by Mark Sickafoose, a 15-year veteran of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

Portee had a green light at Diebold and Dupont roads. He proceeded through the intersection and was struck by the patrol car.

The sheriff’s officer was on his way, with his lights and sirens on, to a personal injury accident and had gone through the red light.

Portee had four young sons, with one born just a month before the crash. The oldest of his children is nearly 7 years old.

In December, an Allen Superior Court grand jury declined to charge the officer criminally in the case.

As of Thursday afternoon, court records did not indicate a wrongful-death case had been filed against the sheriff’s department.

rgreen@jg.net

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