Four Killed, Three Seriously Injured in Wrong Way Driver Crash on Indiana Toll Road
The driver of the Toyota has been positively identified by a family member as Tiara Davis, 25 of Calumet City, Illinois. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lake County’s Coroner’s office.
Toxicology is pending.
First Update and Original Release Below:
Family has been notified of the occupants in the 2007 Jeep. Driver is Octavio Chavez-Renovato, 45 of Chicago, Illinois, front seat passenger (wife) is Eva Gonzales, 34, and son Luis, age 14. All died at the scene. Three daughters Emily age 10, Damaris age 11, and seven month old Florali, survived the crash but sustained serious/critical injuries. The three children were originally taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary where Emily was later air-lifted to Advocate Christ Medical Center and Damaris and Florali (who was in a child safety seat) were flown to Comers Children Hospital in Illinois.
Still awaiting positive identification of the Toyota driver.
I have included additional picture of the scene.
Original release below:
Gary, Lake County-A crash involving a wrong way driver, early this morning, resulted in four deaths, three seriously injured on the Indiana Toll Road (I-80/90).
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Alaa Hamed and an Indiana State Police reconstruction team revealed at approximately 1:41 a.m, Region VI Regional Dispatch Center for the Indiana State Police dispatched a report of a wrong way driver going west bound in the east bound lanes of traffic from the 21 mile marker on the Indiana Toll Road. It was also reported that the vehicle was allegedly driving with no head lights on. Shortly thereafter, there was report of a head crash that was located at the 13.1 mile marker (this is just before the Grant Street exit on the toll road).
A 2017 Toyota SUV had crashed head on into a 2007 Jeep SUV that was traveling in the left lane. The driver of the Toyota (lone occupant) died at the scene. Name is being withheld pending positive identification of that driver. Alcohol may be a factor in this crash, toxicology is pending.
The driver of the Jeep also died at the scene. Trooper Hamed and Good Samaritans tried life saving measures on the Jeep’s front seat passenger and one of the minor children to no avail. They also died at the scene. Three other minor children in the Jeep were seriously injured and taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital. All were later air-lifted to hospitals in Illinois. Names are being withheld pending notification to their family.
All east bound traffic was closed for a short time when the outside shoulder was opened for traffic.
Assisting: Trooper Kenneth Payonk, ISP Reconstructionists Master Trooper Lawrence McFarrin, Corporal Glenn Katayama, and Trooper Paul Arnold, Gary Police, Fire and EMS, Hammond Police, Lake County Coroner’s Office, and Waffco Towing
Picture is of the scene
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