UPDATE: Victim in Fatal New Year’s Eve Crash in Merrillville Identified

One person killed in a fiery early morning crash on 73rd Avenue near Hendricks Street on Sunday in Merrillville has been identified by the Lake County Coroner’s Office today as 23 year old Kayla Nelson of Oak Park, Illinois.  The Coroner’s Office reports Nelson, a passenger in the vehicle, suffered blunt trauma as the result of the motor vehicle accident.

Merrillville Police report it appears the vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree and became engulfed in flames.  Police report three others in the vehicle were hospitalized, two of which were being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Merrillville Police at (219) 769-3531.