ROSELAWN – An Indiana woman whose two grandchildren were among seven people killed in a fiery crash in a highway construction zone said she can’t believe the youngsters and their mother are gone.
Five-year-old Yazmin Goldman and 3-year-old Arielle Goldman died Thursday night along with their mother, 27-year-old Lindsey Williams, when a semitrailer slammed into an SUV stopped in an Interstate 65 construction zone in northern Indiana.
Four other people riding in the SUV, including the Merrillville siblings’ aunt and two cousins, also died when the impact pushed the SUV into a semitrailer in front of it and ignited a fire that engulfed the car and damaged both semitrailers. The crash remains under investigation.
Goldman-House said her grandchildren, their mother, and the others were returning home from Indianapolis when the accident occurred along a construction zone on I-65 near Roselawn, about 30 miles south of Gary.
After firefighters doused the flames, they determined that at least two people were in the Jeep. But a final determination that there were seven victims was not made until midday Friday.
“It has been devastating, really emotional. It’s like a dream or something you can’t wake up from,” Goldman-House told the Post-Tribune.
She said Lindsey Williams was the girlfriend of her son, Dakota Goldman, and together they had Yazmin and Arielle. Goldman-House said her son called her Friday morning to break the news.
“I just broke down and started crying because I couldn’t believe it that it happened,” she said.
Goldman-House said her grandchildren had given her a reason to live, “a reason to believe” after she developed with heart problems a few years ago.
The others killed in Thursday’s crash were Amado Mangual, 49, of Merrillville, 35-year-old Yvette Williams of Atlanta, and her two children, Jamin Osborne, 5, and Jasmin Osborne, 7.
Relatives said Yvette Williams was Lindsey Williams’ sister