Coroner: Driver on U.S. 30 whose son helped steer car died of natural causes

2011-07-30T19:45:00Z 2011-07-31T00:05:05Z Coroner: Driver on U.S. 30 whose son helped steer car died of natural causesBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
July 30, 2011 7:45 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A 32-year-old Chicago Heights woman whose young son steered her car across the opposing lanes of U.S. 30 into a wooded area Friday afternoon in Schererville died of natural causes, the Lake County coroner's office said Saturday.

Samantha Volk died about 1:25 p.m. Friday at Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer after reportedly activating her car's emergency flashers and pulling over to the shoulder of the left lane on eastbound U.S. 30 almost an hour earlier.

The 2000 silver Ford Focus she was driving continued over the grassy median in a northeast direction, crossed both westbound lanes in the 7200 block and stopped about 500 feet north of U.S. 30 near Harvest Drive, Schererville Detective Cmdr. Peggi Calderaro said.

The woman's 4-year-old son, who witnesses said was sitting on her lap, reportedly helped steer the car off the road. Her son was treated at St. Margaret hospital and released to his maternal grandmother, Calderaro said.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident, police said.

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