Memorial for I-65 crash victims scheduled for Thursday

2013-08-20T17:53:00Z 2013-08-22T15:57:12Z Memorial for I-65 crash victims scheduled for ThursdayDeborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

MUNSTER | A memorial service for the seven family members killed in an Interstate 65 crash is scheduled for noon Thursday at Family Christian Center, 340 W. 45th St.

The service, officiated by Pastor James Utley, will honor the entire family, church spokeswoman Dr. Pam Ross said.

"They were very, very loved," Ross said.

Family members of the deceased will be releasing a statement which they will read after the service, Ross said.

The service will focus on the value of family, strength in family, love of a family and most importantly, faith in Christ, Ross said.

Killed in the crash were Lindsey Williams, 27, of Merrillville; her two daughters, Yazmin Goldman, 5, and Arielle Goldman, 3; Williams' uncle, Armando Mangual, 49, of Merrillville; her sister, Yvette Williams, 35, and Yvette Williams' two children, Jamin Osborne, 5, and Jasmin Osborne, 7, all of Atlanta.

In the initial accident report, Indiana State Police said a 2005 Jeep Cherokee driven by Yvette Williams was crushed between two semitrailers.

Officers responded to the crash at 9:52 p.m. on northbound Interstate 65 just south of Ind. 2 in Jasper County.

Steven Crockett, 33, of Union, Ohio, was driving a 2012 Freightliner semitrailer with the Jeep Cherokee following behind.

The Freightliner and Jeep stopped because of a traffic backup approaching a work zone, police said.

A 2007 Volvo semitrailer, driven by Howard Stratton, 55, of Grand Rapids, Mich., was traveling behind the Jeep and rear-ended it, pushing it into the back of the Freightliner's trailer, police said.

The collision caused the Jeep to burst into flames.

A state police spokesman said Tuesday the crash was still under investigation. A statement will be released by the state police at the conclusion of the investigation, the spokesman said. 


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