GARY | A 33-year-old South Holland man was killed in what police believe was an alcohol-related auto accident on the Borman Expressway early Monday.
David Pettiford of the 1200 block of E. 164th Street was pronounced dead at 2:25 a.m. at The Methodist Hospitals' Northlake campus in Gary, a spokesman for the Lake County Coroner's office said.
Preliminary findings showed the cause of death appears to be blunt force trauma to the body suffered in an auto accident. An autopsy was scheduled for later Monday.
State police were called to the scene around 1 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the Borman Expressway at the 12 mile marker under the Interstate 65 overpass in Gary.
Police said Pettiford was driving a 2011 Toyota Camry in the right center lane at a high rate of speed when he may have hit the rear of a moving semi. The semi did not stop.
When Trooper John Holmen arrived, Pettiford was trapped in his vehicle. The trooper got into the Camry and found Pettiford unresponsive, not breathing and with a weak pulse. Holmen provided artificial respiration until emergency medical crews arrived, police said.
The right two lanes of the westbound Borman were closed until around 4:30 a.m. for crash reconstruction, transporting Pettibone, removing the Camry from the roadway and clean-up of the roadway.
The Gary Fire Department and Gary EMS assisted Holmen and Indiana State Police reconstruction crews at the scene, police said.
Details surrounding the crash were pending from Indiana State Police early Monday.