One dead after vehicle flees Oak Park police, crashes

Man taken into custody following collision; second victim in critical condition

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A motorist attempting to flee Oak Park police on Saturday night crashed into another vehicle at the corner of South Boulevard and Ridgeland Avenue, leaving one person dead and another in critical condition.

Oak Park police said in a press release that the driver who fled was taken into custody shortly after the accident.

The offender, who was driving an SUV westbound on South Boulevard, was pulled over by police at about 10:30 p.m. near South Boulevard and Humphrey Avenue. Police did not say why the man was stopped by a patrol officer.

As the officer approached the vehicle, the car reportedly sped away and ran a red light at the corner of South and Ridgeland, striking a four-door sedan that was headed south on Ridgeland.

At least one of the vehicles crashed into the corner storefront of Pieritz Brothers Inc., 401 South Blvd., an office supply business. The windows of the storefront were boarded up following the incident, but the extent of the damage is unknown.

Police said in the press release that the officer "had not initiated a chase when the SUV struck the sedan."

The driver reportedly attempted to flee on foot, but was taken into custody by police.

The passenger and the driver of the sedan were taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. The driver was pronounced dead and the passenger is in critical condition and reported to have sustained multiple fractures.

The names of the two victims have not yet been released.


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David Montgomery  

Posted: March 11th, 2019 11:05 AM

Christine and Anna, thank you. I understand. That makes sense now.

Ken Hayes from Oak Park  

Posted: March 11th, 2019 10:53 AM

I'll make this comment before we know the age, sex, socioeconomic background or race of the driver so I'm not being accused of being a racist. It's a sad day when your self impotrants is more valuable than the life of an innocent person driving down the road minding their own business. This could have been any one of us that got killed. The police should have just shot this worthless piece of trash and saved the system a lot of money. My heart breaks for the life the driver ended and the others that have been ruined.

Christine Vernon  

Posted: March 11th, 2019 10:51 AM

David, likely because of the judgement by the medics on scene observing the extent and degree of the crash victim's injuries because Loyola Hospital has a Level 1 Trauma Center.

Anna Marie Navarro  

Posted: March 11th, 2019 10:48 AM

David, Loyola has a trauma center and West Sub does not. For someone that is critically injured, a trauma center is preferable as they are equipped to take care of patients in very bad shape.

David Montgomery  

Posted: March 11th, 2019 10:41 AM

Can anyone explain why the ambulance would take the victims to Loyola hospital in Maywood and not West Sub , just a few blocks from the scene ? West Sub has an ER, too... I'm puzzled...

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