4 hurt, baby killed in Matteson crash

Baby thrown from car during crash; no car seats, Matteson police said

ByABC 7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Baby killed, 4 others hurt in Matteson crash
The child was thrown from the car during the crash and was not wearing a seatbelt, Matteson police said.

MATTESON, Ill. (WLS) -- Matteson police are investigating a deadly Monday car crash, in which a baby was killed.

It happened around 2 p.m. along Vollmer Road, west of Crawford Avenue, near a forest preserve, officials said.

Officials said the baby who died was 4-months-old and was pronounced deceased just before 2:40 p.m. at St. James Hospital.

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The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified her Tuesday as Athena Green.

Four others were also hurt - three adults and another child, police said.

Police said there were no car seats in the vehicle the baby was in, and the child was not wearing a seatbelt. The baby was ejected from the car during the crash, police said.

The victims in the crash were not from Matteson, according to police, and it was not immediately clear how the crash occurred.

The entrance to a nearby Cook County Forest Preserve was closed, while police investigated.