Crime Watch 8

Man jailed as Indiana troopers investigate 2 deaths in crash on I-80/1-94 in Gary

An Indiana State Police logo on the door of a State Police cruiser.

GARY, Ind. (WISH) — An eastbound car rear-ended another vehicle early Sunday on I-80/I-94 and caused a multivehicle crash, leaving two dead, Indiana State Police said in a news release Sunday.

Scott Kennedy, 43, of Crown Point, was taken to the Lake County Jail pending charges.

Troopers were sent just before 1 a.m. Sunday to the crash on I-80/I-94 eastbound near the 5.7-mile marker. That’s between Cline Avenue and Burr Street in Gary.

A blue 2021 Chevrolet Camaro was eastbound at a high rate of speed when it rear-ended a silver 2011 Honda Pilot. The initial impact pushed the Honda into the median wall. The Camaro continued to the right side of the interstate where it struck a red 2000 Ford Mustang. The second impact then pushed the Ford into the outer sound barrier wall on the right side of the interstate. The Camaro also struck the outer sound barrier wall and burst into flames upon impact.

The Gary Fire Department put out the fire.

Two people were found dead in the Camaro. The news release did not identify them.

The driver of the Honda nor Kennedy, the driver of the Ford, were injured.

Kennedy showed signs of impairment, and an investigation was initiated. Kennedy refused to submit a chemical test, and a judge signed a search warrant for a blood draw. The blood draw was done at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary.