I-80/94 crash seriously injures Hammond, Lake Station men
An early morning crash on Interstate 80/94 in Lake Station sent two men to the hospital with multiple injuries to their lower legs after being hit by an alleged intoxicated driver.
According to Indiana State Police, at approximately 3:15 a.m. Saturday a 2003 Chevrolet Impala driven by Alex Harwell, 31, of Flossmoor, Ill., was westbound in the right lane of I-80/94 at the 13.3 mile marker, just east of Central Avenue, when the Impala went off the road to the right, hitting a disabled 2001 Mazda SUV sitting on the outer shoulder.
The Mazda was occupied by David E. Marshall, 51, of Hammond, who was sitting in the driver’s seat when his vehicle was sideswiped by the Impala.
Harwell continued westbound, according to police, where a tow truck owned by Ambassador Towing of Hobart was parked in front of the disabled vehicle on the right shoulder. The tow truck had all of his emergency lights activated at the time.
The tow truck driver, Todd Cox, 26, of Lake Station, was standing outside the tow truck’s driver-side door wearing a fluorescent reflective jacket when he was hit by the Impala. Cox landed partially in the right lane and partially in the highway shoulder after being hit. After hitting Cox, Harwell stopped on the right shoulder, according to police.
Harwell allegedly tried to portray himself to Trooper John Holmen as a witness to the crash, but damage to Harwell’s Chevrolet Impala showed that the Impala was directly involved.
Marshall and Cox were both taken to Saint Mary Medical Center in Hobart. Marshall’s left leg and ankle were broken and Cox sustained a dislocated shoulder, head injury and two broken legs, according to police.
Harwell was arrested and taken to Lake County Jail in Crown Point on charges of operating while intoxicated involving serious bodily injury, a Class D felony, and two charges of unsafe lane movement. Harwell tested at .13 percent blood-alcohol content, according to police.
The right lane was closed for approximately two hours for reconstruction of the crash, and removal of the injured and their vehicles.