A South Holland,
Ill., man died early this morning when he crashed his vehicle on I-80/94 in
Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.
The victim was
identified as David Pettiford, 33.
police, at 1:08 a.m. Pettiford was westbound at a high rate of speed,
traveling under the I-65 overpass near the 12 mile marker, when he possibly
hit the rear of a moving semi. The semi continued west and never stopped but
Pettiford was trapped in his 2011 Toyota Camry, police said.
On his arrival at
the scene, “Trooper John Holmen managed to enter the Camry and found
Pettiford unresponsive, not breathing, and with a weak pulse,” police said.
“Trooper Holmen was able to provide artificial respiration until emergency
medical service arrived.”
transported to North lake Methodist Hospital in Gary, where he was later
pronounced dead of massive trauma.
believed to be a factor in the crash,” police said.
The right two
westbound lanes were closed until approximately 4:30 a.m.