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Fatal SUV Accident Near Willow Springs

There was a fatal car accident early Saturday morning (March 5, 2016) near Willow Springs in which there was a vehicle loss of control.

According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at approximately 3:40 a.m., as two teenagers were in a SUV traveling east in the 9400 block of South Archer Avenue.  At that time – for reasons currently under investigation – the driver lost control of the SUV on a curve in the roadway.  The SUV then struck a tree.

Both teens died at the accident scene.  They were identified as Jonathan Grabinski, 17, of Chicago Ridge; and Salvatore Melant, 18, of Chicago.

An excerpt from the March 5, 2016 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “2 Teenagers Killed in Suburban Car Accident“:

Some area residents say this road, with its 55 mile-per-hour speed limit is dangerous, and has already claimed several lives before last night’s accident.

“It was like finding out my son passed away again, like the morning I found out. It’s devastating,” said Michael Toomey, whose son Dylan died in the same area four months ago Friday on his way to work.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago article mentioned above, as well as the March 5 Lemont Patch article titled “2 Teens Die in Archer Avenue Crash Saturday.”


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