A River Forest, Ill., man was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle accident
on I-65 in Jasper County, the Indiana State Police said.
The victim was identified as John J. Malone Jr., 20.
According to police, at 1:53 p.m. Malone was a back-seat passenger in a 2003
Ford Explorer being driven by Mario L. Guagliardo, 20, of Deerfield, Ill.,
when a tire on the Explorer blew, in the northbound lanes of I-65 just north
of the Remington exit.
The Explorer veered to the right, came back left, and rolled approximately
three times before coming to rest upright in the left lane, police said.
Malone, who police said was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the
Explorer, which then came to rest on top of him. Malone was pronounced dead
at the scene of massive blunt force trauma.
Also seriously injured was back-seat passenger Michael D. Rende, 20, of
LaGrange, Ill., who police said was similarly not wearing his seabelt. Rende
was ejected and came to rest in the roadway. He was airlifted to Christ
Advocate Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., with life-threatening injuries.
The driver, Guagliardo, was wearing his seatbelt and was transported to
Jasper County Hospital with injuries to his hands, elbows, and face, police
The front-seat passenger, Jacob M. Newman, 20, of LaGrange, was also wearing
his seatbelt and was not injured, police said.
The middle back-seat passenger, Jason L. Blackman, 20, of Wilmette, Ill.,
was transported to Jasper County Hospital with injuries to his ankle and
ribs, police said.
Neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in this crash, police said. All five
men were students driving home from college, police added.
All northbound lanes were closed for investigation and cleanup, police said,
and traffic diverted at the Wolcott/Remington exit.