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Gary boy, 4, airlifted after I80 accident

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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.


Posted 8/12/2013