CROWN POINT — A 20-year-old man told police he was “joyriding” his vehicle with friends Aug. 18 when he jumped a curb in a Munster neighborhood and struck two children in a stroller, according to recently filed court records.
Nicholas C. Heppner-Lundin was charged Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court with six felony counts of criminal recklessness and three misdemeanor counts of reckless driving.
Heppner-Lundin was detained by police about 6 a.m. Aug. 18 after he struck the stroller being pushed by their father, Kevin Foy, 34, of Munster, in the 9600 block of White Oak Avenue, records state.
Munster police Lt. Ed Strbjak, who witnessed the crash, said it happened after Heppner-Lundin attempted to speed through the bend at Camellia Drive and White Oak Avenue, records state. The stroller and the two children inside were thrown from the crash site. Foy managed to avoid being struck, records state.
Foy and his children, ages 5 years old and 18 months, were transported to Community Hospital in Munster. The 18-month-old girl was transferred to a Chicago hospital to be treated for two brain bleeds.
Heppner-Lundin, of Munster, had three passengers in his car, including two 20-year-old Munster men and an 18-year-old Hammond woman. None of them suffered any injuries, police previously said.
The defendant told authorities he and his friends had gone to Five Guys restaurant for food and then went “joyriding.” He said as his vehicle, a white Saab, approached the bend in the roadway, he knew he was going too fast — he estimated his speed as between 65 miles per hour and 70 miles per hour, records state.
The posted speed limit in the neighborhood was 25 miles per hour.
Two of the passengers told police Heppner-Lundin admitted he knew the vehicle's brakes were not good before the crash. The 18-year-old woman told authorities Heppner-Lundin commented he wanted them to see how the manual transmission was smoother and faster at high speeds because of the vehicle's turbo booster.
Investigators determined the vehicle's speed was about 51 miles per hour before the crash, documents state.
Heppner-Lundin posted a $50,000 surety bond Wednesday, documents state.
It is not clear from court records if Heppner-Lundin has retained legal counsel.