HAMMOND — A police pursuit turned deadly Wednesday when a suspect's vehicle slammed into the driver's side of another vehicle at the intersection of Gostlin Street and Columbia Avenue, critically injuring the driver and killing her 13-year-old granddaughter.
The granddaughter, Julianna Chambers, of Whiting, died from her injuries after being taken to an area hospital, according to a news release from Indiana State Police. Theresa Paramo, 57, was in critical condition Wednesday night at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, according to the release.
Paramo was taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary and flown to Advocate Christ. Chambers was taken to Franciscan Health in Hammond, where she died from her injuries, according to police.
A preliminary investigation indicates East Chicago police were in pursuit of a 2010 Dodge Durango about 5 p.m. Hammond police joined the pursuit once Donnell Howard Jr., 31, of Highland, the driver of the vehicle, entered Hammond, according to the news release.
Howard was traveling eastbound on Gostlin Street when his vehicle entered the intersection at Columbia Avenue, hitting Paramo's Chevrolet Equinox on the driver's side. Paramo had the green light, according to state police.
The Durango came to rest in the right lane of westbound Gostlin Street just east of the intersection, while the Equinox went through a fence and came to rest in the grassy area just before the parking lot of Lang Ice Service, state police said.
Howard Jr.'s passenger, Jessica Pichon, 27, of Danville, Illinois, was transported to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary with minor injuries, according to the release.
It was not immediately known why East Chicago and Hammond police were pursuing the suspect. State police deferred all questions about the pursuit and charges to the Hammond and and East Chicago police departments.
* Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Theresa Paramo's name.