A tragic Chicago car crash struck early Sunday morning as two members of a nighttime cleaning crew were killed on the city’s northwest side. According to reports in the Chicago Tribune, the victims were two 57-year old Streamwood residents who were returning home from work when their car was blindsided in the intersection of Diversey and Kostner avenues. The impact sent their car into the wall of a check-cashing store nearby. They were rushed to a nearby hospital, but there was little that medical personnel could do. Both died from their injuries.
Investigations into the accident have shed more light on the circumstances surrounding the fatal collision. The car that ran a red-light and slammed into the victims’ car was apparently being chased by a third vehicle. The driver of the car that ran the red light reported that he was stopped at a red light at Fullerton and Keeler Avenue when a car pulled up beside them. Passengers in that car apparently started yelling gang slogans and then fired at least one shot at the car.
The surprising appearance of the vehicle caused the driver to run the red light and attempt to speed away. The second car pursed the first and a chase ensued. It was during that chase that the vehicle ran a second red light and smashed into the two unsuspecting victims.
Strangely, a similar car accident struck earlier this month on the city’s south side. Fortunately no one was severely injured in that case. Our Chicago car accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti remain saddened by these tragic events which put innocent victims in the crosshairs. There is never an excuse for this reckless conduct that takes the lives of unsuspecting travelers. We continue to urge all Chicago residents to drive safe, report the negligence of others, and take steps to hold wrongdoers accountable for the dangerous and deadly conduct.
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