MUNSTER | Fred Skafgaard's family didn't know that when he went out to get milk early Friday morning, he wouldn't come back.
Skafgaard, 61, of Lansing, died in a car wreck near the intersection of Ridge Road and Hohman Avenue when his GMC pickup truck was slammed by a Cadillac truck driven by an alleged drunken driver, police said.
Skafgaard was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Saturday, prosecutors charged the driver of the other vehicle, Michael Temores, with 18 criminal and traffic offenses, the most serious being operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated resulting in a death, which is a Class B felony.
Before the crash, Temores, 24, of Munster, had been at the grand opening of the Hammond club AquaVor, 5260 Hohman Ave., police said.
Skafgaard worked as a truck driver and often got up early to get ready for work. He was out getting milk for his coffee before starting his day, said Skafgaard's daughter-in-law's father, David Fernandez.
Just months ago Skafgaard's son and Fernandez's daughter had a baby girl whom Skafgaard loved to spend time with, Fernandez said.
"Fred was the kind of man that all he wanted to do was be a part of his new granddaughter's life and his son's life," Fernandez said. "And it's so sad he won't be here to do that."
Fernandez, 54, of Portage, bonded with Skafgaard when their children bought a home in Portage and the two fathers began helping to fix it up.
While Skafgaard worked as a truck driver, on the weekends, he didn't mind driving a little distance to spend time at his son's home to watch football or NASCAR and help with the house, Fernandez said.
"(Skafgaard) was a hands-on man — very knowledgeable, very giving," he said. "It's just a horrible situation."
A judge set Temores' bond at $10,000 cash. He was being held Saturday night at the Lake County Jail.