Mercedes driver detained after going through red light causing multi-vehicle accident that killed 14-year-old girl at Gresham bus stop


A 14-year-old girl died Friday night in the Gresham neighborhood after a vehicle hit her and a woman who had hit a bus stop Friday night, Chicago police said.

A 32-year-old man driving west on 79th Street in a gold Mercedes around 6:35 p.m. failed to stop at a red light and crashed into a black Jeep Cherokee heading south on Racine Avenue, police said.

The jeep collided with two female pedestrians, including the 14-year-old girl, who was standing at a bus stop. The girl was thrown several feet as the jeep pinned the 48-year-old woman to the sign of a Walgreen, according to a police report of the crash.

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The Mercedes, whose sole occupant was the 32-year-old motorist, then collided with another vehicle.

The still-unidentified girl was taken to Comers Children’s Hospital by the Chicago Fire Department and was pronounced dead at 7:38 p.m., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

The 48-year-old woman was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious condition, the man driving the Mercedes was also taken to the same hospital in serious condition while a 42-year-old man was taken from the jeep to St. Bernard Hospital, where he died. was in fair condition, police said.

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The man driving the Mercedes was arrested and police found a gun from the Mercedes, according to the traffic accident report. In addition, he received traffic fines, including not having insurance.

The Major Accidents Department of the police is investigating the accident.


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