South Holland man dies in crash on I-80/94

Monday morning crash on I-80/94 leaves one man dead. (Photo provided: Indiana State Police)
Monday morning crash on I-80/94 leaves one man dead. (Photo provided: Indiana State Police)

LAKE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – A South Holland man died early Monday morning when he crashed his car on Interstate 80/94.

The Indiana State Police Department report that driver David Pettiford, 33, of South Holland, Illinois was west bound in the right center lane of I-80/94 at the 12 mile marker at approximately 1:08 a.m. on Monday morning. Troopers report Pettiford was driving at a high rate of speed when he possibly hit the rear of a moving semi. The semi continued west never stopping.

When Indiana State Police arrived on scene, Pettiford was entrapped in his vehicle and found unresponsive, not breathing and with a weak pulse. CPR was given on site until emergency personnel could arrive.

Pettiford was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary, where he was later pronounced dead of massive trauma. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Pettiford’s family has been notified.

Until approximately 4:30 a.m., the right two lanes west bound were closed at this location for reconstruction of the crash, removal of the injured and his vehicle, and clean-up of the roadway.

Indiana State Police were assisted by Gary Fire Department, Gary Emergency Management Services and the ISP reconstructionist. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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