February 23, 2017-An early morning crash has taken the life of one person and caused two others to be airlifted to trauma centers in Chicago and Indianapolis. According to a release from the Indiana State Police, the incident occurred near the intersection of I-65 and US Route 20 at approximately 6:11 a.m. this morning. “Preliminary investigation by Trooper Brasseur revealed that a green 2001 Honda Civic, operated by Rose E. Kacher, 19 years old of Hebron, IN, was northbound on I-65 at the 261 mile marker. Kacher was attempting to make a left turn to go west on U.S. 20 at the stoplight. Kacher instead drove into the turn lane to enter a business. This left turn lane merges into a raised concrete median divider. The Honda then drove over the divider becoming airborne. The Honda then struck a beige 2013 Chevrolet Malibu that was traveling south bound in the left lane of I-65. The Malibu was being driven by Robert Doss, 26 of Chicago Heights, IL” the report states.
Three passengers in the Honda Civic were treated for “severe injuries” according to the report. “One of the passengers that was transported to Northlake Hospital in Gary has deceased, however the name will be held pending notification of family. One of the other passengers is being flown to Loyola and one to Indianapolis due to the severe injuries sustained. The drivers of both vehicles also sustained injuries however those injuries are not considered life-threatening.”
UPDATE: Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey has identified the deceases as 20 year old Samantha Sable-Salvador of Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Gary Fire Department assisted Indiana State Police at the scene.