Two people were killed and 11 injured when a speeding stolen vehicle crossed into oncoming lanes Wednesday afternoon in Burnside on the South Side, causing a multi-vehicle crash.
Around 5 p.m., firefighters responded to a call about multiple people injured in a crash near 87th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
A stolen Dodge Charger was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Cottage Grove Avenue “at a very high rate of speed” when it caused a crash involving seven other vehicles near the intersection of 87th Street, Chicago police Supt. . David Brown said in an on-stage press conference.
The driver of the Dodge and a passenger were pronounced dead after the car, reported stolen from south suburban Markham, caught fire, fire officials said. A handgun was found inside the car, according to police.
Eleven others, including five children, were transported to several nearby hospitals. Six people were listed in fair condition and five others in good condition.
The following people were transported to area hospitals:
- A 53-year-old female driver was in fair condition with unknown injuries at Christ Hospital.
- A 54-year-old man who was lying on the sidewalk was taken to Trinity Hospital with a dislocated kneecap in fair condition.
- A 56-year-old driver was in fair condition with a back injury at St. Bernard Hospital. She left the hospital “of her own volition” on Thursday, according to a spokesman at St. Bernard.
- A 6-year-old boy passenger was in good condition at St. Bernard Hospital with no reported injuries. He was later transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center for further treatment, according to a spokesman at St. Bernard.
- A 33-year-old male driver was in good condition with a minor hand injury.
- A 10-month-old girl passenger was in good condition at Comer Children’s Hospital with no injuries.
- A 15-year-old girl was in good condition at Comer Children’s Hospital with body pain.
- A 4-year-old girl passenger was not injured in good condition at Comer Children’s Hospital.
- A 10-year-old boy passenger was in fair condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center with a fractured wrist.
- A 37-year-old female driver was in fair condition with unknown injuries at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
- An 18-year-old male passenger was in fair condition with unknown injuries at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
An employee at an electronics store near the crash scene said they heard what sounded like a loud explosion and then saw a car on fire.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was sick when she heard the worst and felt she had to visit the scene to warn residents to slow down on the roads.
“When you’re going at that high speed, anybody you hit, whether it’s a car or a pedestrian, you significantly decrease their survivability,” Lightfoot told reporters at the scene. “People have to slow down. I’m out and about in the city, and I’m amazed at the level of traffic and the level of speed that people drive. Just take your foot off the gas and obey the local speed limits .
Brown echoed the mayor’s request, asking drivers to take some personal responsibility for their driving. “Slowing down will save lives. Speeding kills, and it did tonight. It’s senseless and tragic,” he said.
“We are praying for everyone who is in area hospitals tonight. We are praying for the families who are no doubt keeping vigil, and we are praying for the dead and their families,” Lightfoot said.
Contributing: Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere, Zack Miller
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