An early morning crash today sent two men to the hospital
with multiple traumas to their lower legs after being hit by an alleged
Preliminary investigation by the Indiana State Police
indicates that at approximately 3:15 a.m., Saturday, January 4 a 2003
Chevrolet Impala, driven by Alex Harwell, 31 of Flossmoor, Illinois was
westbound on I-80 at the 13.3 mile marker (this is just east of Central
Avenue) in the right lane when the Impala went off the road to the right
hitting a disabled 2001 Mazda Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) sitting on the
outer shoulder. The Mazda was occupied by David E Marshall, 51 of Hammond,
Indiana who was sitting in the driver’s seat when his vehicle was sideswiped
by the Impala.
Harwell continued westbound where there was a tow truck,
owned by Ambassador Towing of Hobart, which was parked in front of the
disabled Impala on the right shoulder. The tow truck had all of his
emergency lights activated at the time. The tow truck driver, Todd Cox, 26
of Lake Station, was standing outside the tow truck’s driver’s door wearing
a fluorescent reflective jacket when he was hit by the Impala. Cox landed
partially in the right lane and shoulder after being hit.
Harwell, after hitting Cox, stopped on the right shoulder.
Police said Harwell initially tried to portray himself as a
witness to the crash but evidence consistent with being involved in the
crash pertaining to Harwell’s Chevrolet Impala showed that the Impala was
Marshall and Cox were both taken to Saint Mary’s Medical
Center in Hobart. Marshall’s left leg and ankle were broken and Cox
sustained a dislocated shoulder, head injury and both legs broken.
Harwell was arrested and taken to Lake County Jail in Crown
Point for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) involving Serious Bodily Injury
a Class D Felony-two charges and Unsafe Lane Movement (Harwell tested .13%
B.A.C), police said.
The right lane was closed for approximately 2 hours for
reconstruction of the crash, removal of the injured and vehicles.