CROWN POINT, Ind. — An Ohio teenager died Monday morning in a crash on Interstate 65 near Crown Point.
State Police said Sage N. Albert, 14, from Union, Ohio was a passenger in a car that became disabled after striking a deer shortly before 3 a.m. just south of the U.S. 231 exit of I-65.
According to police, a blue 2007 Honda Fit driven by Willy C. Albert, 42, of Union, Ohio was heading north on I-65 when the deer ran onto the roadway. After striking the deer, Albert drove into the median guardrail and stopped in the far left lane.
Moments later, a northbound Infiniti QX80 struck the disabled Honda on the passenger side, ejecting the teen. She died at the scene.
The impact caused the Infiniti to flip onto its passenger side, roll back onto its wheels and hit the guardrail head-on. Its driver, William L. Cromwell, 46, of Cincinnati, refused medical treatment.
Mr. Albert was taken to a Crown Point hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash, according to police, who are still investigating.
The Lake County Prosecutor’s Office will review the accident report and determine if any criminal charges will be filed.