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Woman dies after being thrown from SUV in Portage rollover crash, boy injured

A woman and her 4-year-old son were ejected from an SUV when a tire blew out and caused it to roll over April 17 in Portage, Indiana. | Indiana State Police

A woman who was injured in a rollover crash last week on Interstate 94 in northwest Indiana has been pronounced dead.

Dashalon Lowe, 23, was driving a GMC Envoy in the westbound lanes April 17 when a tire blew out at 7:35 p.m. just past the Portage exit, according to a statement from Indiana State Police.

The blowout caused the GMC to veer to the right off the road and start to roll over into a ditch and back up onto Southport Road, state police said. Lowe and her 4-year-old son, who was in the rear right passenger seat, were ejected from the vehicle as it rolled.

A 23-year-old Gary man who was riding in the front passenger seat and the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, who was in a child safety seat, remained inside the SUV, state police said.

Lowe was airlifted to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with life-threatening injuries, according to state police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was pronounced dead at 1:22 p.m. Monday, five days after the crash occurred.

The boy suffered injuries to his leg and was taken to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary, state police said. The man and the girl, who were not injured, were also taken to the hospital to be checked out.

A woman and her 4-year-old son were ejected from an SUV when a tire blew out and caused it to roll over April 17 in Portage, Indiana. | Indiana State Police
A woman and her 4-year-old son were ejected from an SUV when a tire blew out and caused it to roll over April 17 in Portage, Indiana. | Indiana State Police