Chesterton Tribune


Wrong-way driver collides with semi on I-80 and is killed

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A Hobart man driving the wrong way on I-80 early this morning in Lake County collided with a semi and was killed, the Indiana State Police said.

The victim was identified as Timothy J. Leib, 35.

According to police, sometime prior to 1:30 a.m. Leib had entered the eastbound lanes of I-80 but was traveling the wrong way, westbound, in a Honda Ridgeline pickup truck when he collided head on with a semi-tractor trailer, at the 11.8 mile marker two miles east of the Broadway exit.

The semiís driver, Kevin J. Windsor, 41, of Lothian, Md., advised police that he had been eastbound in the right center lane when a semi in front of his swerved suddenly. Windsorís rig then struck Leibís pickup.

Leib was pronounced dead at the scene.

Windsorís tractor sustained heavy front-end damage but there was no load loss, police said.

Police said that the results of a routine toxicology screen on Leib are pending.

All lanes of traffic were re-opened at 4:30 a.m.



Posted 9/14/2012