Four People Killed in Wrong Way Crash on Indiana Toll Road
Four people including a child were killed early Saturday morning in a wrong-way crash that also seriously injured three children. Emergency crews responded to the crash about 1:40 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road near the Grant Street exit in Gary, according to Indiana state police. A Toyota SUV was being driven west in the eastbound lanes without its headlines on, police said. It collided head-on with a Jeep SUV that had been traveling in the left lane. The driver of the Toyota, identified by a family member as 25 year old Tiara Davis of Calumet City was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lake County Coroner, police said. The driver of the Jeep, later identified as 45 year old Octavio Chavez-Renovato of Chicago also died at the scene, as did his wife, 34 year old Eva Gonzales, who was in the passenger seat and their 14 year old son, Luis. Three other children in the Jeep — the family’s daughters, Damaris, 11; Emily, 10; and Florali, 7 months — were seriously injured and initially taken to Methodist Hospital in Gary, according to police. Police believed alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. Toxicology was pending.
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