Four killed in head-on crash on Toll Road
GARY — Four people, including three members of a Chicago family, were killed and three other children seriously injured in a crash on the Indiana Toll Road early Saturday that Indiana State Police blame on a wrong-way driver.
At about 1:41 a.m., state police received a report of a vehicle traveling west in the eastbound lanes of traffic on I-80/90 near the 21 mile marker on the Indiana Toll Road, just west of the Portage exit. ISP said the vehicle had no headlights on at the time.
Minutes later, police were called to a head-on crash at the 13.1 mile marker, just east of the Grant Street exit in Gary.
A 2017 Toyota SUV had crashed head-on into a 2007 Jeep SUV that was traveling in the left lane, ISP said. The driver and lone occupant of the Toyota – identified by a family member as Tiara Davis, 25, of Calumet City, Illinois – was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Jeep, a front-seat passenger and a teenager were also killed, ISP said. They were identified as 45-year-old Octavio Chavez-Renovato of Chicago; his wife, Eva Gonzales, 34; and son Luis, 14. All died at the scene.
Three daughters – Emily, 10; Damaris, 11; and 7-month-old Florali – survived with serious-to-critical injuries. The children were originally taken to Methodist Hospital Northlake in Gary. Emily was later airlifted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois; and Damaris and Florali were flown to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
An ISP trooper and a good Samaritan tried life-saving measures on Eva and Luis to no avail.
Police said alcohol may be a factor in this crash, and toxicology test results are pending.
All eastbound traffic was closed for a short time, with only the outside shoulder open for traffic.
Gary Police, Fire and EMS; Hammond Police, and the Lake County Coroners Office assisted at the scene.