Two teens dead, 3 passengers injured in Garfield Park crash

CHICAGO — Two teens were killed and three other passengers hurt after a Saturday night high-speed car crash in Garfield Park on the city’s West Side, authorities said.

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According to Chicago police, a vehicle with five passengers was speeding eastbound near the 3800 block of West Harrison Street just after 11 p.m. when the driver disregarded a traffic signal. The vehicle was hit on the driver’s side by another vehicle, sending it into a pole.

All five passengers in the vehicle that was struck were taken to area hospitals, police said. A girl was pronounced dead shortly after the crash. Police confirmed Monday that a boy also didn’t make it. Both had trauma to the head and body, police said. The other three individuals had minor injuries, according to police.

“He was a good kid. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” the boy’s sister, Jameelah Lofton, said Monday of her brother, Ameer.

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The juveniles were initially both reported as being 14 years old, but the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet confirmed their ages or identities.

“With great sadness, we are devastated at the loss of another young life. The thoughts and condolences of the entire Chicago Public Schools (CPS) family are with all those impacted by this tragedy,” the district said in a statement.

The driver that struck the vehicle remained on the scene and cooperated with police, who say Major Accidents is investigating the incident.

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