An Aurora, Ill.,
man was killed on Sunday after the car in which he was a passenger struck a
semi head-on on the Indiana Toll Road in LaPorte County, the Indiana State
The victim was
identified as Robertino Maldonado, 57.
police, at 7:16 p.m. Maldonado’s wife, Maria Maldonado, 56, was westbound in
the left lane of the Toll Road when she attempted to change lanes, lost
control of her 2010 Honda, hit the guard rail to the right, bounced across
both westbound lanes and into the median, then entered the eastbound lanes,
struck another guard rail, and ricocheted into the path of an oncoming 2011
The semi was driven
by Lawrence Letourneau, 54, of Duluth, Minn.
had to be extricated from the Honda and was pronounced dead at the scene by
the LaPorte County Coroner, police said.
Maria Maldonado was
transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening
injuries, police said. Both she and her husband were wearing their seat
Letourneau was also
wearing a seat belt and was not injured. His load of plastic stayed intact.
All eastbound lanes
except the shoulder were closed until 9:27 p.m., police said.