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