Whiting Youth Dies In Hit-Run Accident
April 17, 2014– Indiana State Police and Whiting Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident Wednesday afternoon that killed an 11-year-old boy. It was the second such death in Lake County in less than one week.
The Lake County Coronor’s office says Angel Villafuterte died from blunt force trauma injuries at the scene of the crash. The boy was struck by a semi-truck while crossing Indianapolis Boulevard near 119th Street.
A witness told Whiting Police that the semi-truck driver then drove north on Indianapolis Boulevard after the fatal accident. Officers stopped the driver not far away, and is considered a person of interest. The semi-driver was questioned by police late Wednesday night. No arrests have yet been made in the case.
The death comes less than a week after 13-year-old Malik Herron of Gary died on Saturday in a hit-and-run crash near Vermont Street and 49th Avenue His friend suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.