Two Ohio men were killed late Thursday in a crash in northwest Indiana.
The crash happened on I-65 around 9:40 p.m. when a northbound 2000 Ford Windstar tried to pass a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier near Crown Point, according to a statement from Indiana State Police. As the Ford was passing the Chevrolet, it fishtailed and sideswiped the passenger side of the Cavalier.
The Chevrolet lost control and rolled into the median cable barrier before landing upright in the northbound lane, police said. Both occupants of the Cavalier were ejected, one landing in the left northbound lane and one on the inner shoulder.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the Lake County coroner’s office. They were identified as 27-year-old James Patrick Evan of Dayton, Ohio, and 29-year-old Terry Wayne Holcomb of Xenia, Ohio.
Neither was wearing a seat belt, according to police.
“It is believed that if both occupants of the Cavalier had been wearing their seat belts that the outcome of this tragic crash could have been lessened,” police said.
The Ford also went through the cable barrier and grassy median before hitting a guard rail on the other side, police said. The driver, a 19-year-old Chicago woman, was taken to Saint Anthony’s Franciscan Hospital in Crown Point with minor injuries.
Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be a factor in the crash, police said.