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South Haven man was victim of fatal I-80-94 crash

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The driver killed on Sunday night on I-80/94--in congestion caused by an earlier crash involving a man subsequently charged with OWI--was a South Haven man, the Lake County Coroner’s Office told the Chesterton Tribune today.

The victim has been identified as John Armstrong, 46.

Armstrong was eastbound on I-80/94 when his 1995 Lincoln was rear-ended by a motorist traveling at a high rate of speed, causing the Lincoln to spin into the next lane and burst into flames,” the Indiana State Police said. “Attempts were made to remove the driver of the Lincoln. However, they were unsuccessful due to the fire. The driver of the Lincoln was declared dead at the scene.”

The ISP identified the driver who rear-ended Armstrong as Shenay Neal, 44, of Crown Point. After rear-ending Armstrong’s Lincoln, Neal continued straight and rear-ended a third vehicle, a semi-tractor trailer, operated by Lance A. Forbus, 32, of Dallas, Texas. Neal and Forbus were both transported to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The incident which caused the backup in the first place was the arrest of Anthony Van Norris, 35, of Merrillville, who police said was charged with operating while intoxicated after crashing his car at the 2.2 mile marker. The fatal accident was the first of three which occurred down the line from Van Norris’ crash and arrest: the second involved seven vehicles and the third involved two vehicles.



Posted 2/5/2020




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