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GARY — A 27-year-old Maywood, Illinois, man was charged Monday with leaving the scene of a chain-reaction crash Saturday on the Borman Expressway that killed two men.

Joshua Davis turned himself in to police who arrived late Saturday in the 2200 block of Carolina Street to investigate who sold a damaged Volkswagen Passat to a Gary salvage yard, according to Indiana State Police.

Nathaniel McIntee, 31, of Merrillville, and Jason Howard, 34, of Fairmont, West Virginia, and Detroit, were killed early Saturday after their 2002 Ford Explorer sideswipped a semitrailer and overturned on Interstate 80/94 near Grant Street, leading to a series of other crashes.

Davis hit McIntee as McIntee stood outside the Explorer, police said.

Davis is accused of briefly stopping and getting out of the Passat, before getting back into the car and driving off eastbound.

McIntee, Howard and Michael T. McIntee, 29, of Gary, were riding in the Explorer when it flipped over. Nathaniel McIntee is Michael McIntee's brother, and Howard is Michael McIntee's nephew, police said.

Nathaniel McIntee and Howard crawled out and were attempting to help Michael McIntee when the Passat struck the Explorer, police said. The Passat then went off an inner shoulder and struck a 2004 Honda Pilot.

The Pilot's driver, a 37-year-old Madison, Alabama, man stopped, police said.

A car in front of a 34-year-old Munster man driving a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe braked hard, so the Munster man also swerved and hit something. Police were still investigating whether the man hit Howard.

Nathaniel McIntee and Howard were pronounced dead at the scene by Lake County coroner's investigators.

Michael McIntee and the Munster man were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Late Saturday, a local salvage yard called police to report it had been asked to pick up a 2006 dark gray Volkswagen Passat in Gary, state police said. The salvage yard paid for the car, and towed it back to its yard.

A state police detective went to the home in Gary where the car was picked up. While talking with a resident, Davis came to the door and identified himself as the driver at the time of the fatal crash, police said.

Davis faces a Level 5 felony count of leaving the scene of a crash causing death.


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