Monday, October 24, 2016
CHICAGO: Lake Shore Drive crash kills lone occupant - Drunken speeding at rocket speed rips his car in three sections
At 3:53 a.m., the 26-year-old Lincolnwood man was driving a 2002 Honda along the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive away from the Loop when he lost control and veered, hitting a tree, said Officer Ana Pacheco, a Chicago police spokeswoman. He was the only person in the vehicle and he was pronounced dead on the scene at 4:24 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The incident appeared to be alcohol-related, Pacheco said. Officials did not say where the man was traveling from.
At the site of the crash, the headlights of a police vehicle shone on the car, which was smashed into three pieces. The Honda landed in a ditch near the Belmont Avenue off-ramp. A few police vehicles were parked along the side of Lake Shore Drive and a flatbed tow truck later arrived to clear the debris.
Authorities are investigating. The Cook County medical examiner's office hadn't contacted next of kin as of 2:30 p.m.