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A man high on cocaine crashed into a mother and baby at 187 miles per hour near US 30 in Schererville, according to the Chicago Tribune.


A Marion, Indiana, man is facing charges after allegedly hitting a woman and her 1-year-old daughter in Schererville at 187 mph while using cocaine.

Stuart W. Roane, 57, was charged Monday with causing serious bodily injury while operating a vehicle with a Schedule I or II substance in his blood, a Level 5 felony, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, both class A misdemeanors. A Level 5 crime carries a sentence of 1 to 6 years in prison if convicted.

He was not arrested and was ordered held on bail of $30,000 or $3,000 cash.

Everyone survived. The woman was removed from the car and later told police she did not remember what happened. The baby was thrown into the car seat.

When the police arrived, a woman who said she was a doctor was looking after the baby. The girl was then taken to Chicago for precautionary brain scans.

Police responded to the intersection of US 30 (Lincoln Highway) and Burr Street in Schererville on September 23 at 8:48 p.m.

The woman’s car, a blue Ford Escape, was totaled with its front half still in the intersection, while its rear half was 15 feet into the grass. Roane’s gray Chevrolet Malibu turned southwest in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 about 50 yards from the intersection.

A witness said Roane ran a red light “at a really high speed” heading east on US 30. The indictment alleges that the man hit the woman at the intersection. The man estimated Roane was going 75-80 miles per hour.

Another witness said the Malibu went by “in a flash” and that the crash sounded like an “explosion.” The witness told investigators that the mother was “waking up” and “crying for her baby” but “there was no backseat.”

Other women checking the scene heard a baby crying and saw the car seat turned sideways on the grass 20 feet from the back half of the car. There was blood on the child’s face, mouth and ear.

A different eyewitness told police that two cars passed by on the left shoulder of US 30 near a Jaguar dealership, as if they were “street racing,” before one was involved in the crash.

Roane told officers he had smoked marijuana before and was subjected to toxicology testing at the hospital.

The mother told an investigator that she only remembered entering the intersection. He stopped by McDonald’s before heading home.

The woman had a fractured hand, three broken ribs, cuts and “trauma” to her right leg.

The baby had cuts on his head. No other injuries were immediately found. He was transferred to a hospital in Chicago for further evaluation.

A police officer who responded to the scene of the crash said the baby had “significant” head bleeding and Roane had lacerations on his arms, the affidavit said.

When asked what happened, Roane said, “I ran my stop light.”

Roane’s speech was “unusual,” “erratic,” and “bizarre.” She then stood up and began “pacing wildly”. The officer said Roane’s brother had been “bothering him all day” and that he was “upset.”

Roane refused medical care from paramedics and was taken to the Lake County Jail. Most of the accident was captured on security cameras. The video shows the crash causing the Malibu to catch fire, although the view was partially blocked by a gas station, the affidavit said.

The crash reconstruction investigator estimated Roane’s Malibu was traveling 190 mph, while airbag data showed 187 mph. The woman’s car was going around 16 mph.

Roane called Dyer Police on November 10 and asked how the investigation was going. Investigators said charges have not yet been filed. She said she did not remember the accident and was “sorry” to everyone involved. Roane said he had high blood pressure and sickle cell anemia before the crash, which “caused him to faint.”

He said he had not consumed alcohol for several years and was not using drugs at the time. She was “going through a breakup” and “had been awake for several days” at the time of the accident. He said he would cooperate with the remainder of the investigation.

Neither driver tested positive for alcohol. Toxicology tests showed Roane had cocaine in his system.



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