Chicago Boy, 11, Killed In Indiana Tollway Crash

(CBS) — An 11-year-old boy is dead after a crash on the Indiana Toll Road yesterday afternoon.

As WBBM’s Steve Miller reports, state police say the boy’s father fell asleep at the wheel.

The family was in a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado pickup Wednesday afternoon. The driver was 52-year-old George Lyke of Chicago, say Indiana State Police.

Hezekiah Thomas (Facebook)

Hezekiah Thomas (Facebook)

In the front seat: Lyke’s son, Hezekiah Thomas. And in the back seat, sitting behind his father was Jeremiah Thomas.

The boys were twins, 11.

George Lyke fell asleep at the wheel and hit a semi that was parked just off the road, not far from the Chesterton exit on the tollway, state police say.

State Police say Hezekiah was thrown from the pickup and killed. His twin brother was not hurt.

WBBM spoke with Dorian Johnson, George Lyke’s nephew, and he says Lyke is in and out of consciousness.

Johnson says the family was in the process of moving.

He says his nephew Hezekiah was a good student who loved math and basketball.

“It was a bad loss, a bad loss for the family,” Johnson says.

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