High speed accident overnight on Interstate 80/94 in Northwest Indiana

Staff report7:40 a.m. CST, February 3, 2014

A south suburban man died in an overnight traffic accident on Interstate 80/94 in northwest Indiana, officials said.

According to an emailed press release from Indiana State Police District 13 in Lowell, David Pettiford, 33, of South Holland, was westbound “at a high rate of speed” about 1:08 a.m. Monday morning in the right center lane of I-80/94 near Interstate 65.

Pettiford’s 2011 Toyota Camry then crashed into something badly enough that when state trooper John Holmen arrived at the scene, Pettiford was found trapped inside his vehicle, which was still on the roadway, police said.

No other vehicle was on the scene, and police believe that Pettiford’s Camry had crashed into the rear of a moving semi tractor trailer that never stopped. Public Information Officer Ann Wojas said this morning that police searched for a vehicle that could have been involved and asked at local truck stops, but they could not find it.

According to the release, after Holmen had arrived at the scene and found Pettiford unresponsive, not breathing and with a weak pulse, the trooper provided artificial respiration until an ambulance got to the scene. The ambulance took Pettiford to the Northlake Methodist Hospital in Gary, where he was pronounced dead of massive trauma.

In the release, police said that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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