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4 killed in wrong way Toll Road crash

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A woman driving the wrong way on the Indiana Toll Road in Lake County, in the early-morning hours on Saturday without her headlights on, struck a second vehicle head-on, the Indiana State Police is reporting.

The wrong-way driver was killed, as were three members of a family in the vehicle she struck. Three other family members in the vehicle were seriously injured in the crash.

The ISP has identified the wrong-way driver as Tiara Davis, 25, of Calumet City, Ill., who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Also pronounced dead at the scene were the driver of the vehicle she hit, Octavio Chavez-Renovato, 45, of Chicago; his wife, in the front seat, Eva Gonzales, 34; and their son, 14, the ISP said.

According to police, at 1:41 a.m. Saturday the ISP received a report of a wrong-way driver westbound in the eastbound lanes of the Toll Road at the 21 mile marker. It was also reported that the driver was traveling without headlights. Several minutes--and seven miles later--the ISP received a report of a head-on crash near the Grant Street exit.

Investigators subsequently determined that Davis, the sole occupant of a 2017 Toyota SUV, was traveling westbound in the left eastbound lane of the Toll Road when she struck Chavez-Renovato’s 2007 Jeep SUV, the ISP said.

Three other minor children in Chavez-Renovato’s vehicle--aged 11, 10, and 7 months--sustained serious or critical injuries and were initially transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary. Two of them were later airlifted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill, and the third to Comers Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The 7-month-old was in a child safety seat at the time of the accident, the ISP said.

“Alcohol may be a factor in this crash,” the ISP added. “Toxicology is pending.”



Posted 9/4/2018





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