A 13-year-old girl was killed and her grandmother was severely injured, after an SUV being chased by police in northwest Indiana crashed into their car on Wednesday.
East Chicago police were chasing a Dodge Durango into Hammond when it ran a red light and broadsided a Chevy Equinox at an intersection around 5 p.m., according to Indiana State Police. The impact sent the Equinox off the road and through a fence.
Inside the Equinox were 57-year-old Theresa Paramo and her 13-year-old granddaughter, Julianna Chambers, both from Whiting. Chambers died from her injuries at an area hospital. Paramo is reportedly in a coma.
East Chicago Police have not said why officers began chasing Howard’s vehicle. Chambers’ family says the chase began over a case of shoplifting, CBS News reports.