A Valparaiso woman was killed Saturday in a two-vehicle accident on I-65 in
Jasper County, one hour after an Illinois man was killed in a previous crash
just north of the scene, the Indiana State Police said.
The victim was identified as Melissa Gelinas, 51.
According to police, at 2:50 p.m. Gelinas was a front-seat passenger in a
1999 Ford Explorer driven by her daughter, Christin B. Gelinas, who was
northbound in the left lane of I-65.
Just north of the Remington exit, a second motorist, Shannon K. Morrison,
20, of Wheatfield, was also in the left northbound lane when she realized
that traffic was slowing for an earlier fatal traffic accident, police said.
Morrison swerved to the right, lost control, over-corrected, and began to
slide into the passenger’s side of the Gelinas’ Explorer, causing the
Explorer to roll.
Melissa Gelinas was ejected from the Explorer and came to rest in the
roadway, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene of massive blunt
Christin Gelinas, who was wearing her seatbelt, sustained abrasions to her
knees and was transported to Jasper County Hospital.
Morrison, who was also wearing her seatbelt, was not injured. Morrison was
issued a citation for unsafe lane movement.
Neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in this crash, police said.
“All traffic was stopped northbound at this location for an earlier fatal
crash,” police said. “All lanes were re-opened at 5:42 p.m.”