Friday, December 5, 2008

More death & crime - car thief crashes & dies

From the Tribune's Breaking News website...
Cops: Man who stole car dies in crash
(Christopher Booker/Chicago Tribune)

A man was killed early this morning after crashing a car he had stolen, police said.

Police investigate at the crash scene. The car was stolen from a security guard who had left it running at a South Side fast food restaurant, apparently to keep it warm in this morning's bitter cold, police said.

The 48-year-old man, who has not been identified, sped from a White Castle restaurant and crashed head-on into another vehicle at 79th Street and Indiana Avenue about 4:45 a.m., police said. The man was thrown from the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu after the car struck a light pole. He was dead on the scene.

The woman driving the other vehicle in the collision was taken to St. Bernard Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

The area around the crash was closed to traffic as police investigated and cleaned up debris from the collision site
I live near there, and saw the aftermath around 6:30am...we actually had to re-route, as we were trying to drop off our baby to daycare.

79th was blocked off from at least Michigan to Indiana.

I believe we saw the body (covered by a sheet) and the downed pole by the new Turkey Burger, as well as the vehicle, which was at least 1/3 of a block away (in front of the old Jack & Jill daycare).

There was a helicopter (literally) above our house, apparently filming the scene, in addition to the cop cars...

(Levois adds a WBBM-TV video report of the scene)

On our block, the 8000 block of Calumet, we have also had 2 homes broken into the past week, during the day.

Please be alert, whether with your car, or your home.

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