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Three-Car Crash on I-94 Kills Toddler, Critically Injures Infant

CHICAGO, Ill. — A four-year-old female died, and a four-month-old child remains in critical condition after a violent car crash last week on the Dan Ryan Expressway according to the Northwest Indiana Times. The police initially listed the child who died in critical condition in the immediate aftermath of the accident. Two other children in the car, a six-year-old, and a two-year-old were also hospitalized but were not as seriously hurt as the other two children. The other vehicle involved in the crash was occupied by three children as well. Those children sustained minor injuries. Illinois State Police cited both drivers for numerous moving violations. There was no information concerning criminal charges now that the four-year-old perished in the crash. *

Illinois State Police accident investigators said that a 29-year-old woman from Chicago received several traffic citations after driving Chrysler sedan on I-94 express in the center-left lane when the woman rear-ended a Ford sedan. The collision threw the Ford into the center-right lane, causing a collision with another vehicle. The driver of the Chrysler had three child passengers and the Ford driver, a 27-year-old woman from Chicago, had four child passengers. 

Illinois State Police said that none of the four child passengers in the Ford were secured correctly in the vehicle. The injuries sustained by the four-year-old who died corroborates that claim. The Cook County coroner’s office said that the child succumbed to blunt force trauma caused by the crash. The child who perished was a resident of Hammond, Illinois. Physicians at the Comer Children’s Hospital declared her dead at 4:06 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019. The accident happened on Monday, April 1, 2019, around 5:00 p.m. 

Illinois State Police say that the driver of the Chrysler received citations for failing to reduce speed, following too closely, leaving the scene, and uninsured operation. Additionally, Illinois State Police cited the driver of the Ford for possession of an open container of alcohol, four counts of failing to restrain a child correctly, and driving uninsured. 

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