Intoxication level not known in feeder ramp fireball

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We may never know scientifically whether alcohol or drugs were involved in a fiery, deadly crash on the Ontario feeder ramp last month. (WLS)

An ABC7 I-Team Investigation
We may never know scientifically whether alcohol or drugs were involved in a fiery, deadly crash on the Ontario feeder ramp last month.

RAW VIDEO: Fiery crash in River North
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Raw cell phone video shows a fiery single-car crash in Chicago's River North neighborhood that killed a 21-year-old woman.



Multiple witnesses said Anthony Milder, 34, had been drinking at nearby nightclubs for several hours before the June 26 crash. However, the Cook County Medical Examiner's autopsy report obtained Thursday by the ABC7 I-Team does not provide details of either alcohol or drug levels in Milder's blood. County officials tell the I-Team that toxicology tests were not performed on Milder because they were not needed to determine the cause of death.

Milder ran away from the crash and fireball that killed his companion, but hours later he hanged himself. His cause of death was suicide.

Milder's 21-year-old passenger Alejandra Damian apparently died when the sports car he had borrowed for a day crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames. Damian was a student at DePaul University.

The autopsy report reveals that Milder had suffered numerous contusions and abrasions across his body. The medical examiner found injuries on his forehead and face, hands, legs and abdomen. Surprisingly, the ME did not find that Milder suffered any broken bones-despite the violent crash having killed his passenger.

Hours after the accident Milder was found by his landlord in his Wicker Park apartment hanged with a brown belt. Milder's roommates had requested a well-being check when they learned he was the person involved in a widely reported, high-speed crash.
Investigators say they did not find a suicide note in Milder's N. Wood St. apartment.

Surveillance video shows the car hitting a street pole before exploding in a large fireball. Witnesses told ABC7 that the Nissan appeared to traveling at least 100 mph.

Cook County investigators say while there was no need to test Milder's blood for intoxication, samples are available for review if law enforcement or family members request. Thursday evening a Chicago police spokesman told the I-Team that CPD has no plans to ask for a blood alcohol level-because with Milder dead there is no one to charge with a crime.

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