Woman, baby killed after driver loses control amid police chase on I-80 in Gary: investigators

GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- A woman and baby were killed Friday after authorities said a police pursuit led to a crash on I-80 in Gary, Indiana.

Investigators said Lake County sheriff's deputies tried to stop the car for speeding in downtown Gary. The driver then led police on a high-speed chase that ultimately ended in a fatal crash on I-80.

Investigators said the driver was speeding and weaving in between lanes when he lost control, hit a semi, spun across all lanes and collided with another tractor trailer around 11:32 a.m. in the westbound lanes near mile marker 5.7.

The impact of the crash ejected a 20-year-old woman from south suburban Matteson who was riding in the front passenger seat, investigators said.

She and an infant in a car seat were both pronounced dead on the scene, according to investigators. Their identities have not yet been released.

The male driver was hospitalized with head injuries. Authorities said multiple charges against him are pending.

Investigators also said the driver was in illegal possession of a gun and was also arrested in November after a police pursuit.

The Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating the crash.
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