15-year-old driver killed in Loop wrong-way crash ID'd, officials say

A woman was killed in a wrong-way crash in the Loop Monday morning. (Trevor Collins)

A 15-year-old girl was killed in a wrong-way crash early Monday in the Loop in Chicago.

Hailee Melendez was driving a Nissan Pathfinder the wrong way in the 100 block of South Wells at 12:05 a.m. when the SUV struck a beam supporting an overhead CTA platform, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Hailee was pinned in the SUV and pronounced dead at the scene at 12:28 a.m., authorities said. She lived in the 4800-block of North Magnolia.

The police department's Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2016.)
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