A young Gary boy was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Saturday on I-80
in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.
According to police, at 5:20 a.m., Dale Pompy, 23, Gary, was eastbound on
I-80 near the 7.4 mile marker when, for an unknown reason, his 2000
Chevrolet Venture minivan left the south side of the interstate, then
re-entered the roadway, turned sideways, and rolled twice before coming to
rest on its roof.
“Evidence indicates that Jordan Pompy, 4, of Gary, a passenger in the van,
was not properly restrained,” police said, and apparently “made contact with
the road surface during the crash.”
“The investigation revealed that a booster seat was inside the vehicle but
it was allegedly not properly secured with a seat belt,” police said.
Jordan Pompy was transported by ambulance to Northlake Methodist Hospital
and then airlifted to UIC Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. He suffered
a head injury along with abrasions and lacerations to his body.
Dale PompyŃwho sustained minor cuts in the crashŃwas issued citations for a
child restraint violation and operating a vehicle with a suspended
operator’s license, after having a prior conviction for operating a vehicle
with a suspended license, police said.