EAST CHICAGO | A 32-year-old Gary man was killed in East Chicago early Wednesday after his vehicle went off the road and struck several trees.
Robert Patterson, of the 1000 block of Bigger Street, was pronounced dead at 3:49 a.m. in the emergency room at St. Catherine Hospital, according to the Lake County coroner's office.
The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma suffered in a motor vehicle accident at Chicago Avenue and Grasselli Street.
Patterson was driving his 2000 white Buick LeSabre east on Chicago Avenue "at a very high rate of speed" when he lost control and drove off the road, striking three trees in Riley Park, East Chicago police Sgt. Shawn Sullivan said.
Patterson was ejected from his car when he struck the third tree, Sullivan said. There is no indication Patterson was being chased or struck any other vehicles, Sullivan said.
"The roads were damp at the time," Sullivan said.
Sullivan said investigators are awaiting the results of toxicology and other tests from the Lake County coroner's office in hopes of providing more information on the cause of the crash.
Police are asking any witnesses or anyone with information about the crash to call Sullivan at (219) 391-8331.