The Sun-Times is reporting on the death of a young child, as well as the wounding of seven others in a two-vehicle car crash that happened Sunday morning at 43rd Street and Western Avenue on Chicago’s Southside.
Authorities with police and fire say that at approximately 10:30 AM, a Ford Focus ran a red light at the intersection in question, precipitating a crash with a Ford SUV.
The result was horrific: four underage girls traveling in the Focus were hurt and all subsequently received by Stroger Hospital.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reports that Dianela Chavez, the youngest of the four in the Focus, was declared deceased at approximately 11 AM.
As if the time of the Sun-Times’ report, the other girls were described as in good condition at Stroger.
Four people in the SUV were transported to Holy Cross Hospital. A 32-year-old man was described as being in serious condition, and three others were said to be in good condition.
The driver of the Focus refused medical treatment, according to police. The woman, 41, was cited for failing to obey the stop light at the intersection. Further charges are under review by Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Investigation Unit.
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