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Chicago car accident kills pedestrian; drunk driving reportedly to blame

A 32-year-old man is facing reckless homicide and other charges after a deadly Chicago car accident that is being blamed drunk driving, The Sun-Times reported.

The accident occurred last Friday at a busy Southwest Side intersection, where the defendant allegedly crashed into three vehicles and struck three pedestrians, killing a 25-year-old Chicago resident.

The driver is charged with reckless homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, operating a vehicle without insurance, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, reckless driving, not using due care for a pedestrian in the roadway, and driving without a valid license, according to police.

Police report he was driving an SUV in the 4300 block of South Archer Avenue about 3:30 p.m. Friday when he crashed into the vehicles and pedestrians.

At least 8 people were injured, including three pedestrians who were walking in the intersection. One of the pedestrians was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. A small child was also taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The Chicago Breaking News Center reported that the defendant was speeding Northeast on Archer Avenue in a Lincoln SUV when it sideswiped a vehicle sitting at the red light at Kedzie Avenue. The SUV then struck three pedestrians as it ran the red light, before crashing into another vehicle and causing a chain-reaction collision.