Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Chief Marshal James Kautz died from injuries he suffered one month earlier after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic.
He was assisting Michigan City police with a three-vehicle accident on U.S. 12, east of State Road 212 near the Golden Sands Motel, when he was struck.
Chief Marshal Kautz was initially taken to St. Anthony Hospital with multiple fractures and internal injuries. He was transferred to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where his right leg was amputated and suffered a massive stroke before he died a month later.
The 29-year-old driver was charged with reckless homicide and later acquitted by a jury.
Chief Marshal Kautz was survived by his wife. While serving in the military during two tours of duty, he was awarded the Bronze Star three times.
United States Army