Hit-and-run Chicago car accident kills toddler, two others

Three people were killed this week in a hit-and-run Chicago car accident, after the driver of a Toyota Camry sped away from one accident and crashed into a car that contained a young mother and her infant, the Tribune reported.

The accident happened Monday night on Chicago’s Northwest Side, when the driver slammed into the second vehicle, killing a toddler and two others inside.

The child’s mother, who survived the accident, said she barely saw the speeding Toyota Camry, which had its lights off, as it slammed into her vehicle while turning left at Cicero and Parker avenues.

Her 13-month-old son and two family friends, ages 20 and 21, were killed in the accident, ABC7 reported. She was admitted to the hospital while her boyfriend, who was driving the victims’ car, was not seriously injured.

The Camry’s driver, a 55-year-old Skokie man, was being questioned by police. So far, he faces charges of negligent driving in the fatal wreck as well as leaving the scene of an accident and driving too fast for conditions for the first collision.

Police are also waiting on toxicology results on the driver.

No one was injured when the Camry rear-ended a Ford Expedition in the first collision. But before authorities could be notified, the driver sped off and slammed into the victims’ Honda Civic, according to police.

The boy was in a car seat, according to his parents, but the collision sent him partway through the back window. He was pronounced dead shortly before midnight Monday at Children’s Memorial Hospital. He was born on Christmas Day 2008.

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