I-80 crash kills longtime Lewis University instructor from Munster, Ind.

A Lewis University instructor was killed in a Wednesday morning crash on Interstate 80, according to authorities and the school.

Joseph Tomsic, 76, of Munster, Ind., was headed west on I-80 approaching Interstate 355 when the Nissan Murano he was driving crossed the center line into the right lane of traffic, hitting the rear of a freightliner truck, police said.

According to Illinois State Police, traffic was “stop-and-go” due to a prior crash that was being handled on the shoulder of the road. Tomsic was traveling in the left lane of traffic and the freightliner was in the right lane when Tomsic crossed the center line.

Tomsic was taken to Silver Cross Hospital with “life-threatening” injuries. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital, according to state police.

The driver of the freightliner declined treatment at the scene, according to police.

Tomsic was a longtime instructor of management of information systems at Lewis University in Romeoville. He also served on a committee addressing the university’s technology.

“Joe touched the lives of many students over his 17 years of service at Lewis University,” President David Livingston wrote in a notice sent to the Lewis community. “He served as a mentor to his fellow faculty members and an inspirational educator to his students.”

Alicia Fabbre is a freelance reporter for the Daily Southtown.