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Coroner identifies Gary man who crashed his SUV into Merrillville home

Coroner identifies Gary man who crashed his SUV into Merrillville home


MERRILLVILLE — The Lake County Coroner has identified the man who died last week after veering off the road and driving his car into someone's home. 

Ralph Sloan, 77, of Gary, was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. Thursday at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville, according to a coroner's news release. 

Police initially said they believed the elderly man may have suffered a serious medical episode, but his cause and manner of death are pending toxicology, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Scott Sefton.

Merrillville Police Chief Joe Petruch said the crash occurred a little after 2 p.m. Thursday near 83rd Lane and Marshall Place in a quiet subdivision. 

The man went off the road before driving his red sports utility vehicle through a white fence and then striking the home, which appeared to sustain minimal damage. 

No one was inside the home at the time of the crash, Petruch said.


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North Lake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. Contact her at or 219-933-3206.

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