Seven members of an extended family traveling from Chicago to New Jersey for a funeral, including a newborn and three other children, were killed when their minivan hit a deer and a semi-trailer truck struck them from behind, police said Friday.
Those killed in the crash on the Indiana Toll Road include a 21-year-old mother and her two sons, one of whom was 6 weeks old. The other victims were a 52-year-old man and his 15-year-old son, and a 26-year-old woman and her 8-year-old daughter, said Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith.
Three other people from the minivan were hospitalized.
A relative in the Chicago neighborhood of Albany Park, Segundo Quishpi, said the victims were from Ecuador and many lived in the Chicago area.
State police said they were members of an extended family composed of three family groups.
One family member was identified as Cayetano Quizhpe, 28, who was listed in stable condition. His wife, 21-year-old Maria J. Yupa, and sons, 8-year-old Edwin Quizhpe and 6-week-old Franklin Quizhpe, were killed.
A second family included Pedro Chimborazo, 52, who was killed along with his 15-year-old son, Pedro Chimborazo Yupa. His wife, Maria Antonia Yupa, 36, was listed in serious condition.
The other two killed were Maria Chimborazo Pinguil, 26, and her 8-year-old daughter, Jessica Chimborazo. The driver of the minivan, 30-year-old Manuel Chimborazo, was listed in critical condition, state police said.
None of the minivan's 10 occupants were wearing seat belts during the crash Thursday night about 10 miles east of South Bend, Smith said. Smith said the infant was in a car seat but had not been buckled in.
The driver of the semitrailer — Jesse Donovan, 24, of Johnston, R.I. — was released from a hospital. Smith said he didn't face any charges.