Dana R. O’Brian, 37, of Gary, was also southbound and after cresting a hill
saw Rogers’ Jeep spinning in the roadway, police said. O’Brian swerved left
to avoid the Jeep but her 2003 Ford was struck on the front passenger’s
side. It came to rest on the inside shoulder.
Trucker Kimberly S. Thietje, of Burlington, Wis., was southbound as well and
after cresting the same hill saw Rogers’ Jeep in the right lane. Thietje was
unable to avoid hitting the Jeep, causing her 2007 Kenworth to leave the
roadway and enter a ditch and fence line.
Rogers was found lying on the inside shoulder next to the concrete barrier
wall, police said. Investigators were unable to say whether she was ejected
or hit while she was outside her Jeep. She was transported to Jasper County
Hospital in Rensselaer, where she later died.
O’Brian and Thietje were both wearing seatbelts and escaped injury, police