13 Yr. Old Girl Killed in Police Involved Chase, Grandmother Critical

EC and Hammond Police were in pursuit when vehicle was struck in intersection of Columbia Avenue and Gostlin Street.

February 16, 2017-A 13 year old girl was killed and her grandmother was airlifted to Christ Hosptial trauma center in critical condition after a police chase resulted in their vehicle being struck at the intersection of Columbia Avenue and Gostlin Street in Hammond. According to a release from the Indiana State Police, East Chicago police began a pursuit of a 2010 Dodge Durang just before 5:00 p.m. on February 15, 2017. The pursuit entered Hammond and Hammond police entered the chase. Indiana State Police say “the Durango was going east bound on Gostlin Street when it entered into the intersection of Gostlin and Columbia Avenue and hit the driver’s side of a Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox was north bound on Columbia Avenue and had a green light. The Durango came to rest in the right lane of west bound Gostlin just east of the intersection. The Equinox went through a fence and came to rest in the grassy area just before the parking lot of Lang Ice Service.”

The driver of the Equinox, a fifty seven year old female, was taken to North Lake Methodist with critical injuries and is being flown out to Christ Hospital in Illinois. The passenger, a thirteen year old, in the Equinox was taken to Saint Margaret’s Hospital in Hammond where she was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the Equinox is Theresa Paramo, 57 of Whiting. Her passenger was her granddaughter, Julianna Chambers, her age is 13, also from Whiting.

The driver of the Durango, identified as Donnell Howard Junior, 31 of Highland, Indiana was taken into custody by East Chicago Police. His passenger, Jessica Pichon, 27 of Danville, Illinois, was transported to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary with minor injuries.

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