GARY, Ind. – A speeding car collided with another vehicle and smashed into a crowd gathered near a city street, killing a 6-year-old boy and three men and seriously injuring several others, authorities said.
The boy was among the bystanders Monday evening and at least two of the men killed were inside the second vehicle, Lake County Coroner David Pastrick said. It was not immediately clear whether the other man who died was inside a vehicle or among the bystanders.
City spokeswoman LaLosa Burns said police were still investigating witness reports that the car had been drag racing another vehicle on the four-lane street.
Some witnesses said the speeding car struck another vehicle that was pulling into the intersection, while others said the two racing cars collided. The speeding car spun and slid sideways, smashing into the crowd and striking a utility pole.
The boy who was killed, Jaylyn Adam Ellis, was in a vacant lot with a group of friends and relatives at the time, said his father, Jermaine Ellis.
The names of the two men killed in the car, ages 31 and 37, and the other man killed, who was 27, were not immediately released.
Another man was listed in critical condition at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago.
Three other men suffered serious injuries and were taken to The Methodist Hospitals in Gary, with one later transferred by helicopter to Loyola Medical Center in Chicago, said Glen Skelton, a nursing supervisor at Methodist.