Three killed in rollover wreck in Lowell creek

2013-02-04T18:30:00Z 2013-02-05T14:02:05Z Three killed in rollover wreck in Lowell creekElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
February 04, 2013 6:30 pm  • 

LOWELL | Three people were killed in a rollover crash that sent a vehicle into a Lowell creek Monday morning.

According to authorities, the driver, Raymond Rodriguez, 21, of Lake Village, Sasha Spencer, 20, of Lake Village, along with Dustin M. Gregolunas, 40, of DeMotte, died Monday.

The three were in a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo traveling east at 7:07 a.m. on the 7500 block of Belshaw Road when the vehicle went off the road into a grassy area, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.

The car went airborne and hit a tree before coming to a rest on its roof in the creek adjacent to the road, according to investigators. Deputies said they found Spencer and Gregolunas submerged in the water. Rodriguez was found inside the car.

Officials did not say Monday where the three were headed or how they knew each other.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich called Monday's crash a tragedy. 

"It's been some time since we had a tragedy like this," he said.

Deputies said aggressive driving could have played a factor in the crash. Buncich said investigators think aggressive driving such as possibly speeding played a role based on how the car was found and conditions of the roads.

"With a triple fatal like that, we are taking every measure possible to put all the pieces together," Buncich said.

About 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulated across Northwest Indiana by Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service's website. 

Buncich recommended motorists slow down while driving in the snow to prevent crashes like Monday's triple fatal.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



About Lowell

Lowell Town Hall

501 E Main Street Lowell, IN 46356
219.696.7794

Lowell Police Department

1333 E. Commercial Lowell, IN 46356
219.696.0411

Lowell Fire Department

P.O. Box 327
1331 E. Commercial Avenue Lowell, IN 46356
219.696.6144

Lowell Park Board

17105 Cline Avenue Lowell, IN 46356
219.696.1570

Tri–Creek School Corporation

195 West Oakley Avenue, Lowell, IN 46356
219.696.6661

Featured Businesses