Hoffman Estates woman dies in Indiana crash

A 20-year-old Hoffman Estates woman died in a two-car crash on I-65 in Gary, Indiana, on Thursday morning.Samantha Salvador was pronounced dead after being rushed to Northlake Hospital in Gary as a result of the injuries she sustained, according to Indiana...

Hoffman Estates woman dies in Indiana crash

A 20-year-old Hoffman Estates woman died in a two-car crash on I-65 in Gary, Indiana, on Thursday morning.

Samantha Salvador was pronounced dead after being rushed to Northlake Hospital in Gary as a result of the injuries she sustained, according to Indiana State Police.

"Valparaiso University lost a valued member of its community, Samantha Salvador, a sophomore nursing student who touched the lives of many," Nicole Niemi, a university spokeswoman said in an email Friday. "We extend our heartfelt condolences to Samantha's family and friends, and we ask for the public and media to respect their privacy during this time of mourning."

Police, who said that foggy conditions may have contributed to the crash, gave this account in a news release:

Salvador was one of three passengers in a green Honda Civic being driven by Rose Kacher, a 19-year-old Hebron, Indiana, resident at around 6:11 a.m. Thursday. They were traveling north on I-65 and Kacher was attempting to take a left turn onto U.S. 20.

However, Kacher mistook a left turn lane around 500 feet south of the intersection that led to a business for the turn lane that she wanted. That lane is surrounded by a raised concrete median. Kacher struck the median, became airborne and struck a beige Chevrolet Malibu that was heading south on I-65.

Salvador and the two other unnamed passengers in the Civic were seriously injured in the crash. One of the passengers was flown to Loyola Medical Center and the other was flown to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment.

Kacher and the driver of the Malibu sustained nonlife threatening injuries.

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