Chicago police said at least four people were hit by a vehicle — possibly intentionally — on Sunday morning in the South Coast area, and three of the four later died at a regional hospital.
According to an online police statement, officers were called to the 7000 block of South Jeffrey Boulevard around 5 a.m. A sedan was heading south “when it hit four adult male pedestrians,” officials said.
A graphic video posted online by CWBChicago appears to show the accident. In it, it appears that the Silver sedan is traveling at high speed toward a group of six or more men standing in a street lane, possibly arguing or physically starting to fight. In another street, a car stopped just a few feet away in the street, so the whole road was blocked.
As the sedan starts to approach, it seems to have turned around a bit to avoid anyone else standing on the road. Then it careens in a group without slowing down, sending some victims up to about 30 feet, tossing them into the air.
Another video circulating online appears to be a dash camera video from a vehicle that stopped near a group of six people. It shows one person pushing another in group seconds before the silver sedan plows through the group. From that angle, it appears that a man is pushed with less force than men who were sent straight into the air and a man in a group of six appears to have been spared by a matter of inches, However he appeared to have sustained an injury to his leg or ankle as he slips out of the frame. The sedan continues through the stoplight; Its brake light doesn’t flash until much later.
The three men were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center by paramedics and later pronounced dead. The names of two of the three people were released Sunday night, while the Cook County medical examiner’s office did not reach the third victim’s family to inform their relative’s death.
According to information released by the Medical Examiner’s Office, Devonta Vivator, 27, of the 6100 block of South Carpenter Street in Chicago, was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. Donald Huey, 25, of the 15100 block of Perry Avenue in South Holland, died at 5:35 a.m., the agency said. The third person was also declared dead at 5:35 am
Medical Examiner’s Office 7041 S. Listed the exact address of the fatal collision as Jeffrey’s Boulevard, which is the address of The Jeffrey’s Pub, the oldest LGBTQ+ bar on the South Side, as well as one of the only Black-owned bars of its kind. city.
The bar, which closed at 5 a.m., addressed the crash on its Facebook page on Sunday.
“A very unfortunate sad incident happened this morning after the shutdown. A small group of people were on the road and an unknown vehicle moved at a very high speed injuring several people. “Our hearts (are) heavy this morning that such a tragic incident has happened. And for those who have lost a loved one or friend, we stand with you. We always encourage everyone to get out and go immediately to make your vehicles home safe.”
Residents who live in Jeffrey Towers, a short walk from the pub, said there is always something going on in the area, especially near the pub, which is notorious for fights, especially after midnight.
A Chicago Fire Department spokesman said officials believed the accident was intentional.
Police spokesman Don Terry would not confirm whether the accident was an accident or intentional.
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“Whatever is on (the online statement), we’re able to release it now,” Terry said.
Fire officials said a fourth person was taken to Stroger Hospital in a critical condition. He also said that he believed a fifth person may have been killed and was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle. This video seems to confirm this through a picture of a man with an injured leg.
Later on Sunday, posts on Twitter and Facebook showed an image of a silver sedan, possibly a Buick, with a severely damaged hood and a hole in the windshield, with two Chicago police officers standing nearby.
The Tribune sent police several questions in an email, including whether the vehicle had been traced. Twice, the officials answered without questioning that only the matter was under investigation. According to the police statement online, which was not updated after 8 am on Sunday, the driver of the sedan fled the scene.
Chicago Tribune reporter Tatyana Turner contributed.