Family, friends try to recover after deadly I-65 crash
By Matt Mikus firstname.lastname@example.org August 17, 2013 8:24PM
The soldering remains of a semitrailer sit on Interstate 65 late Thursday at the 230 mile marker in Jasper County. | Indiana State Police photo
Updated: September 19, 2013 10:17AM
Family and friends of the seven killed Thursday night on Interstate 65 still are trying to make sense of the accident as an investigation by the Indiana State Police continues.
Merrillville resident Lindsey Williams, 27, her daughters Yazmin Goldman, 5, and Arielle Goldman, 3, and their aunt and two cousins were among the seven people who were killed in a tragic three-vehicle crash on I-65 near the 230 mile marker in Jasper County, according to the Indiana State Police and the Jasper County coroner.
Also killed in the accident were Amado Mangual, 49, of Merrillville, and Atlanta residents Jamin Osborne, 5, Jasmin Osborne, 7, and Yvette Williams, 35. Lindsey’s sister is Yvette and Yvette’s two children are Jamin and Jasmin, according to family.
The preliminary investigation showed that a 2012 Freightliner semi truck pulling a box trailer, and the Jeep Cherokee the family was in stopped because of traffic from a work zone. A 2007 Volvo semi truck driven by Howard Stratton, 55, of Grand Rapids, Mich., rear-ended the Jeep.
Indiana State Police still are investigating the crash, Cpl. William Jones said. The detectives are trying to re-create the scene of the accident and use evidence and witness statements from the crash.
Police also will try to determine if the Volvo truck was in operating condition.
“Right now we want to go through everything to make sure we don’t miss anything,” Jones said. “Just to be on the safe side.”
Jeff Julkes, of Schererville, said that as a friend of Lindsey, he has been trying to help the family through a Lindsey Williams and Family Fund Facebook page.
“As a friend, it tore me apart know that their entire family perished in one day,” Julkes said. “That’s very unusual and strange to see that happen like that.”
Julkes said he knew the family was gathering together Saturday to determine how to move forward.
Family members could not be reached for comment.