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Multiple Indiana Police Chase Ends in Traffic Deaths

Jason Reese


Two separate incidents occurred this month in Indiana where lives were lost when vehicles fleeing police caused car wrecks and the deaths of four people. At Wagner Reese, we are so saddened to hear of car accidents caused by the senseless choices of others. We send condolences to the families of those lost.


Indiana State Police released a statement this week saying a vehicle chase from East Chicago was headed towards northwest Indiana in Hammond when the driver of the fleeing vehicle struck and killed a 13-year-old Whiting girl, Julianna Chambers, while traveling with her grandmother in another vehicle.

State police say, “The SUV ran a red light and hit an SUV driven by Chambers’ grandmother.” It was hit with such force that Chambers died from a blunt force trauma, according to the coroner’s release. Her 57-year-old grandmother, Theresa Paramo, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

The chase began when East Chicago police chased the fleeing vehicle’s driver, a 31-year-old Highland man and his female passenger. The two were fleeing and driving recklessly after attempting to steal a case of beer from a store on Indianapolis Blvd.


In Anderson, police reported that three people had lost their lives in a deadly crash as the result of a head-on collision between a robbery suspect fleeing police and another vehicle. Police say the suspect was driving a mini-van and pulled into oncoming traffic and collided into the path of a car carrying four members of a family.

Sadly, 53-year-old Daniel Oberhart of Noblesville and his 24-year-old son, Riley both passed as a result of the collision. Two others, including an older woman and teenage girl, were treated at a hospital for serious injuries.


Every day, at least two people lose their lives in Indiana as a result of car accidents. Most of these accidents are the result of negligent or reckless driving. Dangerous and deadly crashes happen too often even though they are avoidable. Car accidents remain to be one of the most widespread causes of death in Indiana and across the nation. Each year, more than 800 people lose their lives on Hoosier roadways. In addition to fatalities, there are thousands of serious injuries that change the lives of crash victims every year.

Our Indianapolis car accident lawyers have been handling cases for our clients involved in motor vehicle accidents that result in injuries and deaths throughout the state of Indiana. Because of our experience, the injury lawyers at Wagner Reese know that these accidents, while mostly preventable, can, unfortunately, happen to anyone, anytime.

If your loved one was involved in a traffic fatality as the result of the poor decisions of a reckless driver, the attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in pursuing the compensation your family deserves. There is no risk, as we never collect any kind of fee unless your case is settled or won. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 for more information or to schedule a free consultation.


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