The accident happened at approximately 1:25 a.m. on Route 394 near south suburban Ford Heights. Two other vehicles were involved.
The wrong-way driver was operating a municipal vehicle for the Village of Lynwood at the time. However, it is not confirmed if the driver is an employee with the village.
ABC7 is told the driver was driving northbound in a southbound lane of Route 394 near Lincoln Highway. It is unclear how long the driver was headed in the wrong direction before he crashed into two other vehicles, police said.
A woman identified as Malikah Little, 32, of Chicago, was riding one of those cars. The mother of four was killed instantly.
The driver of the vehicle in which Little was in, Angelina Johnson, was critically injured and she remained hospitalized Friday night.
Manuel Little, Malikah's husband, was also impacted. He was driving in a vehicle behind Johnson and his wife. The hubsand was briefly hospitalized and released earlier Friday.
"I didn't see that car coming," Manuel Little said.
Illinois State Police have not yet identified the driver who caused the accident, but say that alcohol was definitely a factor.
That driver was also hospitalized in critical condition at Advocate hospital in Oak Lawn Friday night.
Police say they have not filed charges and will not do so until they can get one remaining victim interview.
ABC7 tried several times Friday to communicate with the mayor of the Village of Lynnwood to confirm whether it was one of their employees driving this vehicle. So far, the village has refused to comment, only saying it was informed of the accident early Friday morning.