New details have surfaced in a violent crash that left two people dead and at least 16 injured, seven of them children.
Chicago police said the accident occurred around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 8700 block of South Cottage Grove.
The Dodge Charger, which had been reported stolen in suburban Markham earlier in the day, arrived at an intersection with an 87 as it was driving northbound in the southbound lane at high speed.th city.
The charger collided with seven different vehicles within the intersection before coming to a stop at a nearby corner, where it exploded and burst into flames.
Two people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
In total, 16 other people, 7 children and 9 adults, were taken to the local hospital. No immediate update on their status was provided.
The Chicago Police Department’s Serious Accidents Division is investigating the accident, and Cottage Grove and 87th Both streets remain closed.
It’s unclear at this time how fast Charger was driving or whether he was participating in a drag race at the time of the crash. Pod cameras captured part of the collision at the intersection, but the scene is still being reconstructed by investigators.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot consulted with police at the scene and spoke at a post-crash press conference, urging residents in the area to slow down and avoid unsafe behavior while driving.
“This is something we can control. Keep your feet off the gas,” she said. “This is a city-wide issue. In the meantime, if people don’t respect themselves and others… there will be more tragedies.”
Chicago police arrested Mr Lightfoot after he said he was “sick” at the crash site. David Brown urged residents to slow down and be more careful while driving, especially while on vacation.
“Speed dies. We got it tonight,” he said.