Maywood Police Investigating Cause of Fatal Aug. 24 Car Crash

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Firefighters work to extinguish a smoldering fire coming from a rolled over SUV after it hit numerous street poles and fatally hit a pedestrian during an Aug. 24 crash near 9th Ave. and Roosevelt Rd. in Maywood. | Courtesy Maywood Fire Department 

Friday, August 26, 2016 || By Michael Romain || UPDATED: 8/27/16 

Maywood police are looking for, and evaluating, video that may help shed light into a deadly Aug. 24 car crash near the intersection of 9th Ave. and Roosevelt Rd. that, according to cell phone video captured by a bystander and shared to her Facebook page, apparently resulted in the victim’s decapitation.

At around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh, an unidentified woman who was driving west on Roosevelt Rd. in an SUV, sped into a pedestrian — an unidentified white male — while also leveling a street lamp, traffic pole and a metal barrier on the site of the BP gas station located on the corner. According to witnesses, the vehicle was going at least 70 mph in a 30 mph zone.

The roughly 10-minute long cellphone video, which garnered upwards of 45,000 views before it was taken down sometime either yesterday or early today, initially shows the car upended and smoking as first responders direct a fire extinguisher at the car. It only captures the accident’s aftermath.

According to an ABC 7 report, witnesses said the vehicle “crashed into a street pole, rolled over several times and crushed (the victim).”

“I go outside and I just see a car flipped over and smoke everywhere,” witness Khalid Alyafai told the TV station.

Mohamed Seck, a student at Proviso East, told ABC 7 he saw the moments after the crash while walking home from school with a cousin, Cori Robinson.

“I was really freaked out, I’d never really seen anything like that in my life,” said Seck.

“I had food in my hand and I had dropped my food because I was like – It was very disturbing,” said Robinson.

The woman was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood with burns to her legs. Her current medical condition is unknown.

The man was a veteran who was walking from nearby Hines VA Hospital, Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley said in a phone interview today. The victim was scheduled to undergo an unspecified surgery the next day. Talley said detectives will release his identity soon.

“We had cooperation from multiple jurisdictions,” Talley said, adding that first responders from Bellwood, Broadview and other communities arrived on the scene to help out.

According to Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh, Roosevelt Rd. — from 1st Ave. to 17th Ave. — was blocked. Talley said accident reconstructionists from DuPage County had to be brought in since none from Cook County or the state were available. The road was blocked off until 7 p.m., the police chief said.

“All the neighboring chiefs are to be commended for supporting us,” said Talley. “They directed traffic and assisted us in various ways.”

Talley added that a Cook County state’s attorney, as well as a judge, were also on the scene and able to provide assistance.

“It’s a rare set of circumstances, but its good to know that agencies throughout the criminal justice system can come together when there’s a major event to make sure people are safe and evidence is preserved,” Talley said, adding that police have evaluating video surveillance from the BP gas station, as well as looking for any video footage captured by other local businesses in the area.

More as this story develops. VFP

A previous version of this article may have incorrectly noted that the victim was a WWII veteran. Subsequent feedback from someone who may be a relative has since put this detail into doubt. He may have served in Vietnam. Since we haven’t yet been informed of the victim’s identity by officials, these details are still unconfirmed. 

In addition, several graphic descriptions of the accident scene have been deleted from this article out of respect to the victim’s family. This article has since been updated. VFP regrets these errors. 

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