11-year-old killed after father falls asleep while driving

FILE - Indiana Toll Road (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) An 11-year-old boy was killed in a crash when his father fell asleep while driving. The father’s truck collided into a semi-trailer parked on the Indiana Toll Road.

The driver of the Volvo semi-trailer pulled onto the shoulder of the road because he thought there was possible engine trouble. He turned on his hazard lights and before he could exit his semi he was hit by a pickup truck.

The driver of the truck was George Lyke, 52, of Chicago. Lyke was driving east bound on the Indiana Toll Road about three miles east of the Chesterton exit. He was pulling a U-Hall with his two sons inside the truck. Lyke fell asleep, drifted off the roadway and hit the semi.

Lyke’s son, Hezekiah Thomas, was in the front passenger seat was ejected out of the vehicle and landed in the roadway between the pickup and the U-Hall trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Porter County Coroner. Hezekiah’s twin brother, Jeremiah, was sitting in the rear passenger seat behind his father and was not injured. Lyke was taken to a hospital in South Bend and is now in stable condition.

The driver of the semi was not injured.

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