(STMW) — Alcohol is suspected in a Friday night crash that left a 66-year-old Northwest Indiana woman dead and her husband critically injured, the Post-Tribune is reporting.
Theresa Johnson of Valparaiso died early Saturday morning at Porter Regional Hospital where she was being treated for severe internal injuries suffered in the crash, Sgt. Larry LaFlower, public information officers with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department said in a release Saturday.
Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said Johnson was pronounced dead at 12:44 a.m. Her husband, Dwayne Johnson, 67, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in Hobart and is in critical but stable condition, Harris said.
The crash occurred at about 9:45 p.m. Friday when the car driven by Dwayne Johnson was headed northbound on 250 West in Center Township, Ind., when police said he disregarded the red light at the U.S. 30 intersection and crashed into car carrying a family that was heading eastbound through the intersection.
The 41-year-old Warsaw man who was driving the eastbound vehicle was not seriously injured. His 34-year-old wife suffered minor injuries and was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart.
Two children, 5 and 1, were in child safety seats in the back seat. The children suffered minor injuries, LaFlower said.
Both drivers were tested at the scene for alcohol consumption. The driver of the eastbound vehicle tested negative. Johnson came back with alcohol in his system, police said. A search warrant was issued for a blood draw at the hospital.
Charges are pending because Johnson still in the hospital, LaFlower said.
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