GARY | The sister of a woman found dead Thursday in a vehicle during a traffic stop in Gary has been arrested, said Gabrielle King, Gary police public information officer.
Julie Ann Hacker-Keminsky, 28, of St. John, was arrested Friday on charges of operating while intoxicated and child endangerment, Police Chief Wade Ingram said. Calls to the Lake County prosecutor's office Friday were not returned.
The coroner's office was called about 7:30 p.m. Thursday after police stopped a red Pontiac Grand Am at the Shop'n'Go Mini Mart at West 25th Avenue and Harrison Street and found 36-year-old Kristy Hacker, of Gary, dead in the front passenger seat. A child was found unharmed in the backseat.
Although Hacker's cause of death remains pending at the coroner's office, she is likely to have died of an accidental drug overdose, King said.
There were no signs of visible trauma on Hacker.
A band could be seen around the upper part of Hacker's left arm as coroner's office investigators pulled her body from the vehicle.
Hacker-Keminsky was later transported to a local hospital.