accident on Ind. 49 on Sunday was followed a minute later by a two-vehicle
accident which involved one of the original three vehicles, Chesterton
police, at 8:44 a.m. Gabriella L. Royko, 18, of Liberty Township, was
northbound on Ind. 49 when her brakes “locked up” as she was approaching a
red light at 1100N. Royko clipped the rear bumper of a second vehicle
stopped in the right lane, then bounced off and clipped the bumper of a
third vehicle stopped in the left lane, police said.
The driver of the
second vehicle was Guy A. Jocius, 64, of Valparaiso. The driver of the third
vehicle was Charles T. Compton, 56, of Valparaiso.
All three drivers
moved their vehicles to the shoulder of the road, where at 8:45 a.m. Royko’s
vehicle was rear-ended by Christopher L. Klimek, 40, of Valparaiso, as
Klimek was northbound on Ind. 49. Klimek advised police that “it looked like
there was plenty of room to make it around” Royko’s vehicle but “as he got
closer his tires lost grip and he rear-ended it.”
total damage in the first crash--to Royko’s 2013 Ford Focus, Jocius’ 2009
Honda Civic, and Compton’s 2012 Honda CR-V--at up to $5,000.
total damage in the second crash--to Klimek’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix and
Royko’s Ford Focus--at up to $2,500.