Schererville police investigate two crashes

2013-05-20T18:21:00Z 2013-05-20T23:01:05Z Schererville police investigate two crashesTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 20, 2013 6:21 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | People involved in two separate crashes over the weekend were airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Schererville police said.

The injuries they suffered and their latest conditions weren't immediately available, police said.

A 1995 Ford Escort flipped onto its roof about 10:40 p.m. Friday in a ditch near Central and Junction avenues.

A passenger from the vehicle, Julian Egnatz, 18, of Highland, ran to the Schererville Police Department to notify police and seek assistance.

Another passenger, Urais Elliott, 18, of Crown Point, was unconscious at the scene, police said. He initially was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer and later airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle, who is a juvenile, also was transported to Franciscan St. Margaret. Police didn't release the driver's identity.

About 3:30 a.m. Sunday, a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire struck a 2005 Ford box truck in the 300 block of U.S. 41.

Police said the Sunfire, which was driven by Damon Kwiecien, 41, of Crown Point, was traveling south on U.S. 41. It appears the vehicle drove left of center and hit the truck, which was heading north.

The driver of the box truck and a person who witnessed the crash pulled Kwiecien from the vehicle before paramedics arrived, police said.

Kwiecien was transported to Franciscan St. Margaret Health before he was airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital, police said.

Police continue to investigate both crashes.

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