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Two serious crashes in Schererville over weekend

Updated: June 22, 2013 6:24AM



SCHERERVILLE — Two Crown Point men remain in unknown condition after serious weekend car accidents.

Julian Egnatz, 18, of Highland, ran to the Schererville Police Department at 10:41 p.m. Friday asking for help after the 1995 Ford Escort in which he and two other passengers were driving flipped onto its roof. Officers located the vehicle in the ditch along the east side of Central Avenue, near Junction Avenue.

One passenger, Urais Elliott, 18, of Crown Point, was unconscious at the scene. He was transported to Saint Margaret Mercy Health Care in Dyer and later air-lifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. The driver, a juvenile, was taken to St. Margaret.

Egnatz was not taken to the hospital.

Schererville Police Officers also are investigating a second crash that happened early Sunday morning. Officers were called to the 300 block of U.S. 41 at 3:32 a.m. to assist with an accident where the car caught fire.

The preliminary investigation in that accident indicates a 2001 silver Pontiac Sunfire driving southbound on U.S. 41 drove left of center and struck head-on a northbound 2005 Ford Box truck. The driver of the box truck and another witness pulled Damon Kwiecien, 41, from the Sunfire. Kwiecien was transported to St. Margaret Mercy and later airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital.

Both crashes are still under investigation, according to Schererville Police Cmdr. Brian Neyhart.



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