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Fatal Car Accident On Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive

There was a fatal car accident on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive last night, August 18. A mother and her 6-year-old boy died from injuries sustained during the accident.

The accident happened at 6:06 p.m, near the Wilson Avenue exit on Lake Shore Drive.

In a statement by Chicago Police, it was said that “a vehicle lost control while traveling northbound. The vehicle containing a mother and a child crossed the median into the southbound lanes, where it struck another vehicle.”

The mother, Marija Bala, 39, of Chicago, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. She was pronounced dead at 8:21 p.m.

The boy, Luka Bala, 6, was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, and he was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m.


The occupants of other cars involved in the accident only had minor or unspecified injuries.

Lake Shore Drive’s southbound lanes were shut between Hollywood and Wilson for several hours after the accident.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the August 19 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Mother, 6-year-old boy killed in crash that shuts Lake Shore Drive” as well as the August 18 CBS Chicago story titled “Boy, 6, And His Mother Killed When Car Crosses Median On Lake Shore Drive.”

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