Illi­nois woman killed in Toll Road crash

Post-Tribune - - Local -

Po­lice said an Illi­nois woman may have been us­ing her mo­bile phone Tues­day when she was killed in a crash on the In­di­ana Toll Road.

Emma Beth Pin­cus Hart­man, 18, of Glen­view, Illi­nois, was east­bound in a 2004 Jeep Lib­erty on In­ter­state 80/90 just east of the In­di­ana/Illi­nois state line on the In­di­ana Toll Road when she left the road­way. The Jeep crossed over the me­dian onto the west­bound side of the toll road and was hit on the driver’s side in the far right lane by a semi­trailer.

Hart­man may have been tex­ting or read­ing a text on her mo­bile phone, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the In­di­ana State Po­lice.

The semi­trailer, owned by Ad­van­tage Trans­porta­tion, Salt Lake City, Utah, was loaded with liquor. The driver, Joseph Kelly Jr., 66, of Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee, was not in­jured. Po­lice said Kelly was in the far right lane and could not avoid the Jeep. Kelly was not in­jured.

Hart­man had to be ex­tri­cated from the Jeep and was pro­nounced dead at the scene by a deputy with the Lake County coro­ner’s of­fice.

All lanes re­opened at ap­prox­i­mately 3 p.m.

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