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By Asal Rezaei, Noel Brennan
/ CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police are searching for two people who ran from the scene of a deadly car crash in West Woodlawn. A 6-month-old girl was a victim of that crash.
As CBS 2’s Asal Rezaei reported, the parents of that baby were taking that child to the hospital when the crash happened.
Multiple cars were left damaged, and at one point, a baby carrier was seen lying in the street.
This crash happened just before 10 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Cottage Grove.
CPD says the driver of a Chevy SUV ran a red light and hit a Ford at an intersection. Both cars slammed into two other cars. That’s when police say a man and woman got out of the Chevy and took off on foot.
The 6-month-old girl was being taken to Comer Children’s Hospital by her parents for breathing problems when the crash happened. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
One of the victims involved in the crash recalls what happened.
“I mean the impact hit it so hard, my reaction, I tried to hurry up and swerve over the black car still ended up side-swipping my car,” said Tavarus Forest.
Surveillance video appeared to contradict part of the story from police and showed the white Chevy with a green light as the black SUV ran a red light and clipped the front of the Chevy. CBS 2 asked Chicago police to clarify their initial report, but a spokesperson said no update was available.
Two adults were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say it is unknown if the crash caused the child’s death.
As of Saturday, no arrests were made. Police did not initially release a description of the man and woman who fled the scene.
The Major Accidents unit is investigating.
Asal Rezaei joined CBS2 Chicago as a general assignment reporter in August 2021.
First published on December 30, 2023 / 7:03 AM CST
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