Passenger killed in Chicago car crash after vehicle hits tree

An Illinois auto accident has claimed the life of a passenger when the driver of the car he was traveling in lost control and struck a tree, according to the Chicago Tribune. The accident took place early Sunday morning in the West Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago at Interstate 57 and Kedzie Avenue.

The at fault driver was reportedly speeding in a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora heading northbound on Interstate 57 from 167th St., this according to witnesses. The driver then lost control near Kedzie, drove off the highway into a ditch, through a fence and then into a tree.

The passenger was taken by ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead at 3:15 AM. The driver was seriously injured and taken to Christ Hospital as well.

The Illinois state police are handling the crash investigation. Police believe alcohol played a role in the fatal Chicago auto accident.

In other Chicago accident news, and in a very similar situation, one person was killed and another injured in a single car crash on the South Side around 4 a.m. on Sunday morning. ABC News is reporting that the car involved crashed into a pole in the 5800 block of S. Racine.

A 28 year old was killed and a 20 year old was taken to an area hospital. It was not reported if the occupant fatally injured was the driver or the passenger. The accident is still being investigated.

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