Wrong way driver hits car head-on, three hospitalized

GARY, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say a wrong way driver last night hit another car head-on sending three people to the hospital.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper John Landowski revealed at approximately 10:42 p.m., Tuesday, June 11th, 2019, evening, a 2005 Dodge Caravan, driven by Melissa Herzog, 37 of Hammond, was eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-80/94, near Broadway when the Caravan hit a 2017 Honda Accord head-on. The Accord was in the left middle lane (4 Lanes) going westbound when the driver Bryan J. Lopez, 21 of Montgomery, Illinois could not avoid the Dodge.

Herzog tried to leave the scene on foot but troopers were able to detain her. Herzog was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary for non-life threatening injuries where she was kept for observation.

Lopez and his passenger, Jozlyn Rocha, 21 of Aurora, Illinois were also taken to North Lake Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Further investigation revealed that Herzog had an open container of alcohol and her licensed was suspended, alcohol use may have also been a factor in the crash. Formal charges are to be determined by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.

The left three lanes of I-80/94 westbound were closed for investigation of the crash, removal of the injured and vehicles, and clean-up of the road. All lanes were re-opened at approximately 1:03 a.m.