Driver dies after crash involving 3 semitractor-trailers

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) A driver has died after a crash involving three semitractor-trailers in St. Joseph County.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. Monday at State Road 2 and Quince Road.

Police say the initial on-scene investigation indicates that two semis were stopped at the intersection when a third semi struck them from behind, causing a chain reaction crash.

The driver of the third semi, who was identified as 30-year-old Del Villar Pacheco Joaking of Chicago, had to be extricated by several firefighters and airlifted to a local hospital. He died Monday from his injuries.

The driver of the semi hit by Joaking has been identified as Paul T. Kleinpaste, a 60-year-old from Pensacola, Florida. He was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the other semi wasn't injured. He has been identified as Shaba Riyadh, a 29-year-old from Des Plaines, Illinois.

The crash remains under investigation by the St. Joseph County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash, and toxicology results are pending.

Officers say it is not uncommon for collisions on State Road 2, which has a high speed limit and a traffic light. They ask that people always be aware while driving.

"Simple reminder: Just pay attention to the road," Sheriff Bill Redman said. "When we are behind the wheel of a vehicle, you have to limit the amount of distractions you are faced with, and it's not easy. With the cellphones, technology today, it's becoming more and more difficult to pay attention, but you have to do that."