La Grange Man Severely Injured, 1 Dead in Car Accident

A car with five suburban men coming home from Indiana University rolled over Saturday, killing a River Forest man. La Grange man Michael Rende was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Jacob Newman, also of La Grange, was not injured.

A La Grange man was taken to the hospital Saturday with life-threatening injuries following a rollover car accident while he and four friends were driving home from Indiana University, according to an Indiana State Police news release.

A 20-year-old River Forest man died in the accident after the SUV he was in blew a tire and rolled over near Remington, IN.

Michael Rende, 20, also of La Grange, was seated in the back seat behind the driver. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected out of the car. He was airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn with life-threatening injuries.

Jacob Newman, 20, also of La Grange, was the front seat passenger; he was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. 

The River Forest man, John J. Malone Jr., was sitting in the back of the car but was not wearing a seat belt, police said. He was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

At about 1:50 p.m., a Ford Explorer driven by Deerfield resident Mario Guagliardo, 20, blew a tire and lost control in the northbound lane of Interstate 65. It rolled over three times. 

Jason Blackman, 20, of Wilmette, was seated in the back middle seat. He was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer with injuries to his ankle and ribs. The driver, Guagliardo, was also taken to Jasper County Hospital with injuries to his hands, elbow, and face. He was wearing his seat belt. 

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

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Terry May 06, 2013 at 11:13 AM
This is terribly awful but where is the story on the terrrible crash on Prairie Ave. in Brookfield that happened mere hours after this one? Ran down the block to see and a SUV was upside down ...here on our local little quiet street...no one reports. Have a picture and cannot understand how this could have even come about. Wanted to know if all involved were okay, but no story.
Lisa Paraday Galka May 06, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Every parent of a driving age child should sit down with this article and their child and compare the injuries sustained by those wearing seat belts and those who did not. Kudos to the author for including these details.
Deb May 06, 2013 at 03:01 PM
My heart just breaks for the Malone family. Hoping that Michael Rende will be ok. These young men will never be the same after this tragic accident. Seat belts are so important and do save lives. This accident proves just how important they are. Hoping that parents talk to their kids. Seat belts save lives!


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