Names, details released in east shore accident

County police have released names in a single-vehicle accident on the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee near Culver around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

Driver Peter Watson, 46, of Carmel, Indiana, was extricated by Culver firefighters from the vehicle and airlifted to Memorial Hospital after missing the curve just south of the Culver Marina in the 2800 block of East Shore Drive, where his southbound 2006 Volkswagon struck a tree.

Also in the vehicle were Jarl Smith, 42, of Avon, Ind., and Jeffery Hammel of Indianapolis, 36. Both sustained minor injuries and were taken to the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth.

Investigation continues on the accident, in which alcohol and speed are believed to be a factor.