Des Plaines, IL (WLS) — Des Plaines police are still investigating after a driver crashed into a building on Sunday afternoon, killing two pedestrians.
The accident occurred around 12:15 p.m., with a 71-year-old man at the wheel of a Honda SUV driving west on Des Plaines’ Northwest Highway, police said.
At that point, the driver crossed the lane out of nowhere and hit the store, police said.
A 42-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man were beaten and taken to hospital, where they later died. Authorities have not released their identities.
Witnesses who ran for safety said the driver appeared to have lost control of the vehicle.
Witness Benjamin Tate said, “I was walking down the sidewalk and saw a car turning and coming in and it started running a little bit. I was a little scared.” my heart drops.”
Police said the driver was taken to a hospital, but his injuries are not life-threatening. Police said he had two children in the car and was not injured.
“It’s disappointing. This is one of the things we, as responders, have to do the best we can. And our personnel were there. They give them a chance.” We did everything we could to help,” said Des Plaines Fire Department Deputy Chief Matt Mutzl.
The force of the crash shattered the windows of a neighboring restaurant and ruptured a gas pipe, forcing neighboring businesses to evacuate for some time, with NICOR crews working to secure the area.
Matzul said the gas was then cut off.
Police said there was no evidence that drugs or alcohol were involved. They said they will release more information once the investigation is complete.