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
Saturday, August 27, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews UPDATED: 11:33 a.m.
Maywood police have identified the man who died in the Aug. 24 car crash that happened near the intersection of 9th Avenue and Roosevelt Rd. as 75-year-old Edward W. Brandseth.
According to relatives, Brandseth, of Bolingbrook, was a Vietnam War veteran, which is contrary to earlier reports published here that he served in World War II.
Brandseth was walking along Roosevelt Rd. from nearby Hines VA Hospital when he was struck by an SUV driven by an unidentified woman. The vehicle also plowed into a traffic pole and other fixtures in the area. Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley said Brandseth was scheduled to have surgery the next day.
Maywood Police Detective Lt. Dennis Diaz said police are treating the crash as a fatal accident, which is why the identity of the driver, a woman who suffered burns to her legs and was rushed to nearby Loyola University Medical Center, has not been released. So far, Diaz said, no charges have been filed. The woman’s current medical condition is not known.
Diaz said the cause of the accident is still under investigation and it will likely be a few months before officials draw any conclusions. A traffic reconstruction team from DuPage County was called to the scene to gather data about the accident, which resulted in the closure of a large strip of Roosevelt Road for several hours.
Diaz said that multiple jurisdictions showed up to the scene of the crash, including emergency and law enforcement units from Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, North Riverside and River Forest. VFP
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