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Police reveal details of crash that killed 3 on Christmas Eve

Police reveal details of crash that killed 3 on Christmas Eve

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Lake County Sheriff fatal crash

Lake County Sheriff's police will continue the investigation in a fatal crash Thursday. 

CROWN POINT — Police have released details about a crash that killed three people on the morning of Christmas Eve. 

Lake County Sheriff’s police were called at 8:30 a.m. Thursday to a fatal crash in the 15000 block of Grant Street south of Crown Point, said Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez. 

Police found two elderly individuals who suffered blunt force trauma injuries in a tan Chevy Impala. 

The occupants, Johnnie Johnson, 80, of Lowell, and Renata Johnson, 76, of Lowell, were pronounced dead just before 10 a.m. in the 15000 block of Grant Street, the coroner's office said in a press release.

The cause of death for both Johnnie and Renata Johnson was listed as blunt force trauma. Their deaths were ruled an accident, according to the coroner's office.

A third crash victim was found unresponsive inside of a silver Chevy Trailblazer SUV. The crash victim, Ashlie Patz, was declared dead after she arrived at a local hospital. 

Patz, 34, of Hebron, was pronounced dead from blunt force trauma, at Franciscan Health hospital in Crown Point. The coroner also ruled Patz's death an accident.

Investigators so far have determined the Trailblazer was traveling south when it crossed over the center line, striking the Impala, which was driving northbound, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Department. 

Police said the fatal crash is still under investigation.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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