Early Saturday a Chicago car accident in the West Side Lawndale area left two dead.
The accident occurred about 3 a.m. in the morning in the 1300-block of South Kostner Avenue. While initially, authorities said three people died in the crash, that figure was later changed to two fatalities.
While relatives of those who died in the crash refused to comment, a number of grief-stricken people gathered at the scene of the collision.
Said witness Shante Robinson, “”We just came running down and instantly we saw the baby right here on the ground. We’re just like, ‘Oh my god,.'”
The two car crash was a “head-on” collision, according to the ABC / Channel 7 story titled “2 dead in in head-on crash in Lawndale.”
According to accident investigators, the crash happened when a 2003 Mazda SUV carrying 11 people traveled north on S. Kostner, and for a reason unknown crossed the center line and headed into oncoming traffic, hitting a 1995 Ford Probe. The Cook County Medical Examiner said the impact caused the SUV to flip over, killing a 19-year-old man and a woman in her 40s.
The driver of the Ford probe, who was the only occupant of that car, was not taken to the hospital.
Rescuers on the scene say several people were thrown from the SUV because they were not wearing seatbelts. The surviving passengers were taken to area hospitals in various conditions, ranging from serious to critical.
The accident brought many emergency personnel and ambulances to the scene, given the number of people involved.
According to Marquita Riddle, who knew at least one of the crash victims who died, said “”We don’t know exactly where they were coming from or what happened. I was awakened early this morning.”
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, no charges or citations had been issued. The Chicago Police Department’s major accident investigation unit is investigating.
According to IDOT, the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2009 there were 911 fatalities in Illinois car accidents. Should you or someone you know be involved in an automobile accident in Chicago, seeking the counsel of a Chicago auto accident lawyer as soon as possible is recommended.