Wednesday June 20 3:02 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

*** UPDATE *** Lake County Pursuit Ends in Multiple Vehicle Crash

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Crash investigators have determined that the white 2018 Kia went around stopped traffic on Broadway at 21st Ave while traveling south at a high rate of speed. The Kia then struck the 2018 GMC Terrain that was in the intersection. The Kia then struck the 2009 GMC Sierra that was waiting to go northbound on Broadway. The Kia came to rest on the east sidewalk. All vehicles were towed by Precision Towing.

All questions regarding what led up to the pursuit, potential charges, and officers involved should be directed to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.

Vehicle #1: White 2018 Kia Optima

Driver: Tyrik Smith, 19, of Lansing, IL was transported to Methodist Hospital Southlake in Merrillville and later flown to the University of Chicago

Passenger: Timothy Jones, 24, (unknown address) was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake and later flown to Christ Advocate in Oak Lawn, IL.

Passenger: Marshawn Murdock, 22 of Dolton, IL. was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Hobart (released)

Passenger: Isaiah Bradley, 21 of Lansing, IL was transported to Methodist Hospital Southlake in Merrillville. (non-life threatening)

Vehicle #2: Red 2013 GMC Terrain

Driver: Denise Jackson-Crook, 52 of Merrillville, IN was transported to St. Mary’s in Hobart (released)

Passenger: Christian Winfield, 32 of Merrillville, IN was transported to St. Mary’s in Hobart (released)

Vehicle #3: Maroon 2009 GMC Sierra Pickup

Driver: George T. Caldwell, 84 of Gary, IN was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake in Gary (treated)

Passenger: David W. Drouse, 63, of Standish, MI was transported to St. Catherine’s Hospital (treated)

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Gary-- This afternoon (6/7/2018) at approximately 12:00 p.m., the Lake County Sheriff's Department was involved in a pursuit in Gary that resulted in multiple people being injured.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a white Kia Optima fled the scene of a traffic stop at 7th and Tennessee in Gary. As officers pursued the vehicle, it fled south bound on Broadway. As it entered the intersection of 21st Ave at a high rate of speed, it struck two other vehicles. The identities of the drivers and passengers and all who were transported for treatment is still under investigation.

There were earlier reports that this crash was related to an officer involved shooting. That shooting is being investigated by the Indiana State Police; however, presently the ATF is handling all media inquiries related to the shooting which did involve an ATF agent. The reason the driver fled which then resulted in the subsequent pursuit and crash is still under investigation.