College student from River Forest killed in Indiana crash

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An Indiana University student from River Forest was killed and three others were injured in a car crash over the weekend.

It happened Saturday afternoon near Remington, Indiana on I-65 north of Route 231.

Police say five college students in an SUV were heading home to the Chicago-area when a tire blew causing the vehicle to roll over three times.

About 1:50 p.m., a 2003 Ford Explorer being driven by Mario L. Guagliardo, 20, of north suburban Deerfield, was northbound in the right lane of I-65 when a right-side tire blew just north of mile marker 205, in Jasper County about 60 miles south of Chicago, police said.

The Explorer veered to the right, came back left, and rolled about three times before coming to rest upright in the left lane.

Guagliardo, who was wearing seat belt, was taken to Jasper County Hospital with injuries to his hands, elbow and face, police said.

John J. Malone Jr., 20, of River Forest, seated in a rear seat but not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the Explorer and pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma, the state police said. His family has been notified.

Michael D. Rende, 20, of La Grange, seated in a back seat and not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and came to rest in the roadway, police said. He was airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn and was in fair condition today, officials said.

Jason L. Blackman, 20, of Wilmette, also seated in the back seat, was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer with ankle and ribs injury. Police did not say if he was wearing a seat belt.

Jacob M. Newman, 20, of La Grange, was wearing a seat belt in the front passenger seat and was not injured, police said.

Police say alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash.

-The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report


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