Photo: Seven Members of Related Ecuadorian Family Killed in Car Crash
Ten members of related Ecuadorian immigrant families were involved in a deadly crash on Indiana’s Toll road leaving seven of them dead late Thursday night. Ecuador’s Consulate General has now announced that those family members will get their wish to be returned and buried in their home country.
The family members representing the Quizhpe, Yupa and and Chimborazo families said the group was living in Chicago and enroute to New Jersey for a family baptism. The minivan driver and one of the survivors Manuel Chimborazo apparently hit a deer and when he slowed down was rear ended by a semi-trailer who was traveling 65 mph. The fatal crash killed seven of the family members including four children ranging in age from 6-weeks old to 15-years old. The families had lived for several years in Chicago and immigrated to the United States to work in the construction industry.
Family members did not know how they would transport all the bodies to their home country until the Ecuador Consulate stepped in to help the family with financial and legal help to the bodies back to Ecuador.
None of the passengers were wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred. The truck driver was not cited for alcohol or drug use and was treated and released from a local hospital.