DYER — Police arrested a Cedar Lake man Monday on charges he was drunk and high on cocaine and marijuana when he caused a Dec. 10 crash that killed a 20-year-old Winfield man.
Richard A. Westerhoff, 29, turned himself in to Dyer police and is in custody at the Lake County Jail, Winfield Town Marshal Dan Ball said.
Westerhoff was released from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood sometime after Christmas, but police were not notified, Ball said.
Lake County prosecutors charged Westerhoff on Dec. 18 with 15 counts linked to the crash, including causing death while driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or more and causing death while driving with a controlled substance in his system following a prior conviction.
Westerhoff was driving west Dec. 10 on 109th Avenue when he crossed the center line at Deer Creek Drive and collided with three other vehicles, police said.
Westerhoff is accused of hitting a 2006 Honda driven by Joseph McCormick, of Winfield, and a 2008 Ford Escape driven by Lindsay Gang, of Cedar Lake.
He then struck a 2014 Chevy Impala driven by 20-year-old Julian Tinoco, police said.
Tinoco, of Winfield, was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, where he died from his injuries.
Westerhoff, McCormick and Gang were taken to Region hospitals. Emergency workers extricated people from three of the four vehicles involved in the crash.
An investigation by the Winfield Police Department and Lake County Traffic Investigation Unit found excess speed also was a factor in the crash, police said.