January 24, 2011 – One person was killed and 5 other teenagers were injured in a serious car accident in West Rogers Park. According to a report at the Chicago Tribune, the fatal accident occurred around 2 a.m. on Saturday as the teenagers were driving home from a birthday party.
Police say an unidentified 20-year-old was behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer SUV when the driver ignored a stop sign at the intersection of North Artesian Avenue and North Shore Avenue. The Ford Explorer slammed into another vehicle before hitting several parked cars and crashing into a tree.
A passenger in the SUV, a 17-year-old girl, was transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, where she died nearly an hour after the crash. Her sister, a 14-year-old girl, suffered serious personal injuries, including broken bones. The girls and their family were originally from Iraq, but came to Chicago 5 years ago during the Iraq War.
Four other teenagers were injured in the crash, including the 20-year-old driver. The most serious of the injured, a 16-year-old girl, is currently in critical condition. A 17-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police have not said if alcohol played a role in this fatal crash.