Mom crashes car while rushing toddler to hospital

August 8, 2009 8:11:42 AM PDT
A mother rushing her terminally ill toddler to a hospital ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle Saturday morning in the South Side Hyde Park neighborhood. Authorities are confirming the toddler is dead, although the crash is not believed to have caused his death. The crash happened in the 5500 block of South Indiana Avenue about 6 a.m., according to police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.

A female motorist ran a red light while traveling east on Garfield Boulevard and struck another car, according to Kubiak, who said the woman was driving her 2-year-old son to University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital at the time of the crash.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed the toddler's death but said the boy's death was natural. He was suffering from leukemia and was in hospice care at the time of the crash. He did not suffer trauma from the crash, a spokesman said.

The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.