CEDAR LAKE | Two people have been charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Cedar Lake last week after allegedly hitting the victim while joy riding with a stolen flatbed trailer.
Jean Paul Jonas, 42, and Richard Leo Rowden, 39, both of the 9000 block of 133rd Place, were charged Saturday, Cedar Lake Police Chief Randall Mayersky said in a news release issued Monday.
Jonas was charged with two counts of failure to stop after an accident resulting in death and one count of theft. Rowden was charged with assisting a criminal and theft.
According to police, the body of Robert Lore, 54, was discovered early Friday in the road in the Cedar Lake Trailer Park where he lived. Lore had lacerations to his body and no vital signs after being struck by a vehicle and dragged several feet.
Mayersky said Jonas, Rowden and Lore, all of whom live in the trailer park, were scrapping prior to the accident and allegedly stole a flatbed trailer from somewhere nearby.
Later that morning, Jonas and Rowden allegedly pulled the trailer around the trailer park with Jonas' pickup truck to "make some noise," the statement said.
As the pair were driving, Jonas' truck allegedly struck Lore, who was riding a bicycle at the time of the crash.
The Lake County coroner's office Monday said the official cause of death for Lore still is pending.