ST. LEON, Ind. – Saturday’s snowfall contributed to a rollover accident on Interstate 74 that killed a man from Hamilton, Ohio, and injured a mom, her 5-year-old son and the driver, according to Indiana State Police.
A back-seat passenger, Kevin J. Gutzwiller, 33, was killed when he was trapped under the vehicle after it went off the highway, police said.
The single-vehicle accident happened about 4:40 p.m. on westbound I-74 near the 161.5 mile marker.
The driver, Hannah L. May, 25, of Okeana, Ohio, lost control of the 2003 GMC truck on the snow-covered roadway, according to the investigating officer. The truck rolled and landed on its top.
A front-seat passenger, Alyssa A. Tucker, 22, of Cincinnati was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in critical condition.
Tucker’s 5-year-old son, Johnathan Kirshuck, was riding in the back seat and suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
May also had non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Dearborn County Hospital.
The investigation determined that the roadway condition was a contributing factor in the crash, according to ISP. May’s vehicle was believed to have been going too fast for the weather and roadway conditions at the time of the crash.
The four people in the vehicle were also not properly restrained, ISP said. The investigation is ongoing. Several other serious accidents in the Tri-State Saturday were also blamed on the snow.