Chicago crash on Cottage Grove leaves 4 hurt days after deadly crash on same street

2 people were killed and 10 injured in another crash on Cottage Grove at 87th Wednesday night

ByLiz Nagy and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Chicago crash on Cottage Grove leaves 4 hurt days after deadly crash on same street
Another Chicago crash on Cottage Grove Avenue Friday occurred blocks away from the scene of a horrific crash that left two people dead Wednesday night

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Four people were injured in a three-vehicle crash in the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago's South Side on the same street where a deadly pile-up occurred just two days prior.

The crash happened on 103rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue Friday afternoon. Police said an SUV driven by a 75-year-old man was traveling westbound on 103rd Street when it hit another SUV driven by a 16-year-old girl as she attempted to make a left turn on 103rd from Cottage Grove.

A Ford Escape carrying a 22-year-old woman and a 24-year-old woman was also struck, police said. The front is now almost non-existent and police said the two young women inside are severely injured.

The airbags erupted and windows shattered in both SUVs.

The 24-year-old woman was rushed to University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition, police said. The 22-year-old was also taken to U of C Hospital in good condition.

The 75-year-old driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in fair condition, police said. The 16-year-old driver also sustained minor injuries and was taken to University of Chicago in fair condition.

Police said no citations were issued to the 75-year-old man.

Friday's crash took place just 16 blocks away from the scene of a horrific crash on Cottage Grove that left two people dead Wednesday night.

Cell phone video showed the unrecognizable cars in flames just moments after the impact.

Seven vehicles were involved in that crash near the intersection of 87th and Cottage Grove in the Chatham neighborhood.

A black Dodge Charger was traveling northbound in the southbound lane of Cottage Grove at a "very high rate of speed" around 5 p.m. before entering the intersection and striking seven cars, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said. The Charger then stopped in traffic, facing southbound, and immediately caught fire, killing the two occupants in the vehicle.

Six vehicles were involved in the crash at 87th and Cottage Grove after a stolen vehicle caused a chain-reaction crash while driving the wrong-way, police say.

"This is a really bad crash," Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Langford said. "I've seen many, many -- and this is among the worst."

Langford said that the Charger is believed to have set off a chain-reaction crash, according to witnesses on the scene.

Thursday morning, police said 10 people were transported to hospitals, in fair to good condition. Another person suffered a minor injury and was not sent to a hospital. Police previously said 16 people were injured.

Three women, three men and five children, a 15-year-old girl, a 10-year-old boy, a six-year-old boy, a four-year-old girl and a 10-month-old girl were transported to hospitals, police said.

The Dodge Charger was reported stolen out of Markham earlier in the day Wednesday, according to Brown. A "long-rifle type of firearm" was also discovered in the Charger, Brown added.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot stopped at the scene, urging that people slow down.

"This is something that we can control. Just take your foot off the gas and obey the local speed limits," the mayor said.

People who live in the area complain of constant out of control speeding on Cottage Grove Avenue.

Last year, there were approximately 150 traffic-related fatalities in Chicago, Lightfoot said, adding that the city already has 100 so far this year.

"A lot of those are related to speed," Lightfoot said. "When you're going at that high-rate of speed, anyone that you hit --whether it's a car or a pedestrian -- you significantly diminsh their ability to survive,"