Saturday, at approximately 4:48 p.m. officers from the Indiana State Police, the Futon County Sheriff’s Department, the Rochester Police Department, and the Argos Police Department responded to a two vehicle crash on U.S. 31 at State Road 110, in which an infant died.
The preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police Trooper Todd Trottier revealed that Brittany Gonzalez, 21, Monterrey, was driving a 2013 Ford Taurus southbound on U.S. 31. Gonzalez attempted to make an eastbound turn onto State Road 110. She failed to yield oncoming traffic, and pulled into the path of a northbound 2011 Ford 350 pickup truck driven by Ricardo Hernandez, 24, Goshen, IN.
Hernandez was not injured. Brittany Gonzalez was transported by a medical helicopter, to a South Bend hospital, with non-life threatening injuries. Ivan Gonzalez, 21, Monterrey, a passenger in the Taurus, along with a second passenger, Isaac Davis, 2, Monterrey, were also transported, by a medical helicopter, to a South Bend hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Julian Gonzalez, 11 months, Monterrey, a third passenger in the Taurus, was transported by ambulance to a Plymouth hospital. Unfortunately he succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.
The investigation is ongoing, but neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to the crash. All participants, except Ivan Gonzalez, were properly secured in a seat belt or a child safety seat.
Trooper Trottier was assisted at the crash scene by Senior Trooper Josh Tarrh, Trooper Andrew Smith, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the Rochester Fire Department, the Argos Fire Department, the Samaritan Life Line Helicopter, Lutheran EMS, and Fulton County EMS.