EAST CHICAGO — A 23-year-old man from East Chicago died in a two-car crash on Saturday, May 11, 2019. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the accident happened around 10:00 p.m. The Lake County Coroner’s Office determined that the young man died from blunt force trauma as a result of the accident. The police investigation continues. There was no information forthcoming about whether the police will bring any criminal charges against the surviving motorist. *
Lake County law enforcement officers, fire personnel, and medics responded to the scene of a violent automobile crash in the 5600 block of Indianapolis Boulevard, near the intersection with Carroll Street. The East Chicago South Shore Line station is also close to the accident scene. The Northwest Indiana Timesreported that the Lake County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene of the crash and pronounced the young man deceased shortly after midnight on Sunday, May 12, 2019. The driver of the other vehicle involved went to Methodist Northlake Hospital located in Gary, Indiana for treatment of his injuries. The other driver did not require further hospitalization according to a follow-up article published by the Northwest Indiana Times.**
East Chicago Police continued their investigation. On Monday, May 13, 2019, the East Chicago Police Department released a statement explaining their investigators’ preliminary findings. Initially, the reporting officers believe that speed might have caused the crash. Additionally, the officers’ preliminary reports suggest that at least one of the drivers was weaving out of lanes in an unsafe manner. A photograph taken of the accident scene by a news photographer shortly after the accident shows a black pickup truck with substantial front end damage and a spider-crack in the windshield up against an older model Ford Mustang. The Mustang showed significant damage to the front and passenger’s side.
Officers have not named the other driver to this point. They are continuing their inquiry and have not discussed the possibility of issuing criminal charges with media.