A Griffith motorist died Tuesday in a two vehicle accident on I-80 and two
of his passengers were seriously injured, the Indiana State Police said.
The victim was identified as Joshua Garner, 20.
According to police, at 4:59 p.m. Garner, driving a 1998 Dodge Dakota
extended cab pickup, was westbound on I-80 at the 12.8 mile marker—just west
of Central Ave.—when he changed lanes and rear ended a moving van disabled
in the middle right lane.
Garner was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lake County Coroner’s Office,
Seriously injured and needing extrication were two of Garner’s passengers:
Katherine A. Metzcus, 17, of Lansing, Ill., who was transported to North
Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary; and Eugene McCall, 20, also of Lansing, who
was transported to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., police
Garner’s other two passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries: Amber
Garner, 19, of Griffith; and Keith Halicky, 18, Thornton, Ill.
“Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash,” police said.
The disabled moving van was owned by Vesco Movers Inc. d/b/a Two Men and A
Truck out of Osceola, Ind. Its driver, DeAndre K. Perry, 22, of Mishawaka,
advised police that he had been westbound when the engine light activated
and shortly thereafter it became disabled.
Police said that the moving van’s four-way emergency lights were activated
at the time of the crash.
All lanes of westbound I-80 were closed for the landing of the air ambulance
and then for cleanup and reconstruction, police said. All lanes were
re-opened around 7:15 p.m.