Car carrying family crushed in I-65 crash







Police: Girl injured in I-65 crash dies

Family was headed to Disney World

Updated: Friday, 13 Nov 2009, 11:46 PM EST
Published : Friday, 13 Nov 2009, 11:43 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A state police officer tells 24-Hour News 8 that a four-year-old girl involved in a violent crash on I-65 last week has died.

Police said the driver of an RV pulling a horse trailer said he meant to hit the brake but accidentally pushed on the gas pedal sending the RV into a van carrying a mother, her husband and their children.

The mother, 36-year-old Erin McCormick, was released from the hospital days after the crash but her two young children remained in the hospital.

The officer told 24-Hour News 8 that four-year-old Gwendolyn McCormick died. Her brother, two-year-old Quentin McCormick, remains in a rehab facility in Chicago, the officer said. Along with his physical injuries, Quentin is suffering from severe mental distress due to his memories of the crash, the officer added.

The RV pushed the van down the highway, plowing into at least four other vehicles and eventually the cement barrier. The accident scene stretched for more than two football fields ( read more ).

McCormick's husband was also in the van but police said he was not injured. The family is from Round Lake, Illinois. They were headed to Disney World.

The RV driver, 72-year-old Charles Walker, was cited for towing a trailer in the fast lane, driving a vehicle-trailer combo that's too long and driving too fast for traffic conditions.

Look At The Pictures....Simply devastating.









Look at this E mail We Received... Even a Hospital did not know what was going on..


From: Smith-Simmons, Margie [mailto:msmithsi@clarian.org]
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:21 PM
To: Jason Mueller
Cc: Wide, James; Abderholden, Frank
Subject: RE: condition updates for children from round lake illinois

Gwendolyn has been discharged and Quintin is listed in serious condition.

 

Margie Smith-Simmons

Public Relations | Clarian Health

317.962.4085 (o)

317.985.8749 (bb)

317.962.4533 (f)

msmithsi@clarian.org

www.clarian.org

 


From: Jason Mueller [mailto:JMueller@Rileykids.org]
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2009 1:20 PM
To: Smith-Simmons, Margie
Cc: Wide, James; FAbderholden@SCN1.Com
Subject: FW: condition updates for children from round lake illinois

 

Margie,

I am forwarding this message to you on behalf of Frank Abderholden who works for the Sun-Times media group.

 

Thanks,

Jason

 

Jason Mueller
Communications Manager
Riley Children's Foundation
30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200
Indianapolis, Indiana  46204
317.634.4474, ext. 334
317.997.9882 (cellular) 
877.867.4539 toll-free

Hope Happens Here

RileyKids.org

 

 

From: Abderholden, Frank [mailto:FAbderholden@SCN1.Com]
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2009 1:16 PM
To: Jason Mueller; msmithsi@clairian.org
Cc: Abderholden, Frank
Subject: condition updates for children from round lake illinois

 

Two Round Lake children bound for Disney World remained hospitalized
Tuesday, seriously injured in a chain-reaction accident Friday in
Indiana.
 
Gwendolyn McCormick, 4, and her 2-year-old brother, Quintin
McCormick, were taken to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis
with severe head and face trauma following the rush-hour accident
south of downtown Indianapolis.
 

 







Car carrying family crushed in I-65 crash

Mother and children critically injured

Updated: Friday, 06 Nov 2009, 11:27 PM EST
Published : Friday, 06 Nov 2009, 6:26 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A mini van carrying a mother and two children was crushed in a crash on I-65 southbound at Keystone Avenue on the south side during rush hour Friday afternoon.

Police said the driver of an RV pulling a horse trailer said he meant to hit the brake but accidentally pushed on the gas pedal sending the RV into the van carrying the mother and her children -- ages two and four.

The RV pushed the van down the highway, plowing into at least four other vehicles and eventually the cement barrier. The accident scene stretches for more than two football fields. Debris from the vehicles littered the highway.

Witnesses told 24-Hour News 8 they had to pry 36-year-old Erin McCormick, her four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son out of the destroyed van. Police said they were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The children’s father was also in the car but police said he was not injured. Those who helped McCormick said the family was on their way to Disney World.

The RV driver, 72-year-old Charles Walker, was cited for towing a trailer in the fast lane, driving a vehicle-trailer combo that's too long and driving too fast for traffic conditions.

Police reopened two lanes on I-65 southbound after about four hours. Police expected to fully reopen the interstate around 10 p.m.





Two Round Lake children injured in crash

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November 11, 2009
NEWS-SUN STAFF REPORT

Two Round Lake children bound for Disney World remained hospitalized Tuesday, seriously injured in a chain-reaction accident Friday in Indiana.

Gwendolyn McCormick, 4, and her 2-year-old brother, Quintin McCormick, were taken to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis with severe head and face trauma following the rush-hour accident south of downtown Indianapolis.

Hospital spokesman Gene Ford said Tuesday evening that Gwendolyn was listed in critical condition, while Quintin was in serious condition.

According to an Indiana State Police report, the accident occurred around 5:40 p.m. Friday on southbound Interstate 65 when a 2008 Allegro RV pulling a horse trailer slammed into the back of the McCormick family's Honda Odyssey.

Police report that the driver of the RV, 72-year-old Charles Walker, told officers that traffic in front of him came to an abrupt stop, and he inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake.

After impact, the RV -- with the accelerator still depressed -- pushed the minivan forward and caused a chain-reaction collision that involved four other vehicles.

Reports state that the children's mother, 36-year-old Erin McCormick, was taken to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.Published reports state that she was released following treatment Friday night. The children's father, Erik McCormick, reportedly was not injured.

Walker was ticketed for driving a vehicle in the third lane of the interstate while towing a trailer in violation of postings, driving a vehicle-trailer combination in violation of maximum length, and speeding when required to reduce speed.


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    BarbaraOK wrote:

    I find the posts on this interesting because every time someone posts about having to take a driving test to operate large RV rigs, there is a hue and cry about how unnecessary the test is, etc. I'm not saying that a driving test would have made the difference in this particular case, but that having people show that they can handle the rig is something that every state should do.

    Barb


    I thought every state required a driving test for the larger/heavier rigs. I know PA does, had to get a class B liscense with an air brake endorsement for our new coach. Sorry to hear about the accident hope everyone recovers.No, most do not require anything but a regular drivers license. No test, no nothing, just hop in and go.


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