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Dan Ryan Vehicle Accident Leads To Fatality

There was a fatal Chicago car accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway on Sunday, December 22, 2013.

According to the Illinois State Police, the fatal car accident happened when a Ford Expedition, for an unknown reason, veered from the middle lane to the far right lane of the Dan Ryan Expressway near 87th Street. The SUV then hit the guardrail twice.

During the impact, the Expedition’s rear window was shattered, and a boy who was riding in the Expedition was ejected from the SUV. He was found near the accident site shortly after 5:00 p.m. According to the Illinois State Police, it does not appear as if he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.


The boy, identified as Franklin Leon Jackson Jr., 4, of League City, Texas, was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he was pronounced dead at 5:25 p.m.

Other occupants in the SUV at the time of the accident were a 1-year-old boy, a 2-year-old boy, a 3-month-old girl and a 23-year-old woman. According to the Illinois State Police, they all were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 23 Chicago Tribune article titled “Boy, 4, from Texas killed when SUV hits guardrail on Dan Ryan” as well as the December 22 DNAInfo.com article titled “Boy, 4, Killed on Dan Ryan Expressway.”

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