Wheeling accident kills 1, injures 1

March 25, 2010 11:44:45 AM PDT
A crash with such force it knocked down a traffic signal shut down a major Wheeling road Thursday morning.A 2005 Lincoln Navigator and a 2006 Mercury Zephyr were involved n the crash around 3 a.m. Thursday at the southwest corner of Hintz and Elmhurst roads, across the street from Wheeling High School.

The 21-year-old man driving the Zephyr, Kyle P. Kelly of Arlington Heights, died at a hospital after being extricated from his car.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 56-year-old man from Deerfield, was taken to Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights with non-life-threatening injuries and later released, according to a release from police.

Investigators were still on the scene hours later. Hintz was shut down from Rt. 83 to Schoenbeck Road Thursday morning.

Kelly's car was westbound on Hintz Road when it struck the SUV, which was southbound on Elmhurst Road the release said. Police said it appears the speed of the car was a factor in the crash. Toxicology results were pending.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.


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