Names Released From Fatal Indiana Toll Road Crash

Seven Chicago-area relatives headed to a New Jersey funeral died in crash

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    Seven Chicago-area relatives headed to a New Jersey funeral die in crash. (Published Saturday, Oct 29, 2011)

    Authorities released the names of the 10 people involved in a fatal Indiana Toll Road crash Thursday night.

    Seven of the 10 individuals in the minivan died in the crash, and all of the victims were from the Chicago area, headed to New Jersey for a baptism.

    The truck was just east of South Bend when it struck a deer on Interstate 80/90, and shortly after was rear-ended by a 2006 Freightliner semi pulling a trailer, police said Friday morning.

    Indiana State Police say nobody inside the minivan was wearing a seatbelt, not even an infant that died in the crash.

    Members of three families were inside the van and were identified as:

    Family 1
    Cayetano Quizhpe, 28, Elkhart General Hospital, stable condition, father/husband
    Maria J. Yupa, 21, deceased, mother/wife
    Edwin Quizhpe, 8, deceased, son
    Franklin Quizhpe, 6 weeks old, deceased, son

    Family 2
    Pedro Chimborazo, 52, deceased, father/husband
    Maria Antonia Yupa, 36, South Bend Memorial Hospital, serious condition, mother/wife
    Pedro Chimborazo Yupa, 15, deceased, son

    Family 3
    (Driver) Manuel Chimborazo, 30, South Bend Memorial Hospital, critical condition, father/husband
    Maria Chimborazo Pinguil, 26, deceased, mother/wife
    Jessica Chimborazo, 8, deceased, daughter

    One of the passengers told officials that several people in the van originally were from Ecuador.

    The driver of the semi, Jesse F. Donovan, 24, from Johnston, R.I., was taken to Elkhart General Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Police said a preliminary test for alcohol came back negative.

    The tollway was closed for several hours following the crash.