2 break-in suspects killed in Gary crash ID’d; 3rd man died overnight
By Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 January 30, 2013 11:52AM
Gary and Lake County police and Gary firefighters work at the scene of a fatal car crash near 40th Avenue on Monroe Street in Gary, Ind. Wednesday January 30, 2013. Several suspects fled a burglary scene at 44th Avenue and Connecticut, then crashed on Monroe leaving at least two dead. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 4, 2013 2:37PM
GARY — A high-speed police chase through streets in Glen Park Wednesday morning left three burglary suspects dead.
Police estimated the fleeing silver Dodge reached speeds of 90 mph before the car struck a tree, then hit a second tree head-on in the 4000 block of Monroe Street.
The car was traveling north on Monroe Street when it hit the trees but spun clockwise after hitting the second, larger tree trunk with such force that the front end of the car crushed around the circumference of the tree. The car rested facing southbound, just south of Norfolk and Southern railroad tracks that cross Monroe Street at 40th Avenue.
The steering wheel impaled itself in the driver’s chest. He and the back-seat passenger were dead at the scene, while the third man, who was in the front passenger seat, was still alive when police arrived on the scene. He was flown to a Christ Advocate Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. with multiple broken bones and internal injuries, where he died overnight.
The Lake County Coroner’s office identified the first two dead men as Ronnie Arthurs, 17, of Chicago, and Andre Carradine, 19, of Gary. They were both pronounced dead from blunt force trauma. No information was available on the other passenger. The third person has now been identified as Shedevan Gibbs, 14, of the 3800 block of Massachusetts Street in Gary.
Gary firefighters and Lake County deputy coroners worked for almost three hours to extricate the two bodies from the mangled metal.
The incident began about 10:07 a.m. when police received a 911 call of a burglary in progress in the 4400 block of Connecticut Street.
Officers arrived and the suspects, who had been inside the house and already taken some items, fled in the silver 1998 Dodge Stratus with Illinois registration.
Police at the scene said later a fourth suspect may have run from the house when the others left in the car. The fourth man has not been located.
Patrolman Tamara Hall chased the silver Dodge west and north as the driver disregarded traffic signals during the pursuit, which lasted 2 minutes and 3 seconds, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said.
While the tedious work of extricating the bodies continued, police stood guard at the scene of the burglary, waiting for the resident to return home so they could enter.
For a while, police thought the fourth suspect might still be inside the victim’s home and the SWAT team was called to the scene. When the homeowner arrived, the SWAT members cleared the area.
The Lake County accident reconstruction team, led by Sgt. George Nestorovich, is handling the investigation in the double fatal crash. Gary police will investigate the burglary.