CALUMET TOWNSHIP — It's still unknown if Sunday's fatal crash will result in any criminal charges against the driver who was allegedly observed by a Lake County sheriff's officer speeding in the moments leading up to the crash.
Blood test results are still pending for the 27-year-old Chicago driver who disregarded a red light before striking a Calumet City woman with his pickup truck Sunday afternoon, said Mark Back, a spokesman with the Lake County Sheriff's Department.
"Initial investigation indicates that this driver’s speed was a contributing factor in the fatal crash. However, any potential charges are pending further investigation and the results of the blood analysis," he said.
The Indiana State Police lab is handling the blood analysis, Back said.
A Lake County sheriff's police officer on patrol Sunday saw the pickup truck driving recklessly at a high rate of speed east on 45th Avenue about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, but the crash occurred before the officer was able to turn his vehicle around and initiate the pursuit, Back said.
The vehicle ran the light, striking Genecia Hearn's northbound vehicle on Cleveland Street and two other vehicles, authorities have said.
Hearn, 31, of Calumet City, was pronounced dead from blunt force trauma at 3:40 p.m. at the scene, a coroner's release said.
Four other people, including the three other drivers and a passenger in one of the vehicles, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Back said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the sheriff's Crash Reconstruction Unit, Back said.