Illinois man killed in I-94 wreck

2013-04-25T11:45:00Z 2013-04-26T00:09:18Z Illinois man killed in I-94 wreckTimes Staff
April 25, 2013 11:45 am  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | An Illinois man was killed early Thursday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 that blocked traffic for several hours.

Steven Lunn, 52 of Olympia Fields, died in the wreck, according to Indiana State Police.

Police said George Leeth Sr., 37, of Hammond, was driving a semi and had called 911 about a potential drunk driver.

Leeth told dispatchers a white Audi station wagon was driving erratically eastbound on I-94, then stopped in the middle of the right lane about two and half miles west of the Indiana/Michigan state line. The driver of Audi then got out of his car and began to walk around on the highway.

Police said Leeth, who had activated his four-way emergency hazard lights as he was talking to 911, stopped behind the Audi, then got out of his semi to talk to the Audi driver.

According to police, Leeth told the Audi driver, later identified as Howard Gutenstein, 47, of Valparaiso, to get back inside his car because of traffic in the area. As Leeth started to climb back into his semi, a second semi hit Leeth’s semi pushing it into the rear of the Audi.

The second semi was driven by Lunn, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the LaPorte County coroner.

Leeth was taken to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City for nonlife threatening injuries, according to police.

Gutenstein was not injured. Police said he had a blood alcohol content of .13 percent. He was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated causing death, a Class C felony and endangering, a Class A misdemeanor.

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