Police: Alcohol a factor in fatal Hammond crash

2013-11-24T17:53:00Z 2013-11-25T12:10:22Z Police: Alcohol a factor in fatal Hammond crashTimes Staff nwitimes.com
November 24, 2013 5:53 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Police think alcohol was a factor in a head-on crash Sunday that killed an Illinois woman and injured four others. 

The Lake County coroner's office identified the deceased as Jill Rasco, 29, of Minooka, Ill. The coroner's office determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma sustained in the crash.

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said the crash occurred at 2:14 a.m. in the 3500 block of Sheffield Avenue. A Geo Tracker driven by a 23-year-old Hammond man crashed head-on into a Dodge Intrepid with four women in the vehicle.

Miller said police think the Geo Tracker crossed the center line and that alcohol was a factor.

Rasco was ejected from the car and suffered fatal injuries, Miller said.

Two other women in the car suffered life-threatening injuries, and the fourth woman in the car suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, he said.

The driver of the Geo Tracker also suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Miller said officers were still investigating the crash but expected charges to be filed later this week. 

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