Stevenson Expressway crash: 2 killed after car plunges 70 feet off I-55 in Chicago ID'd

ByEvelyn Holmes and Jesse Kirsch, ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Sunday, February 14, 2021
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Two people were killed and two others injured after a car plunged off the Stevenson Expressway and landed on the road below Friday morning, Illinois State Police said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The two people who were killed Friday after their car plunged at least 70 feet off the Stevenson Expressway, landing on the road below, have been identified.

Bulmaro Gomes, 27, and Griselda Zavala, 22, both died from multiple injures from the crash, the Cook County Medical Examiner released Saturday.

The car was driving inbound on the Stevenson when Illinois State Police said at about 4 a.m. it lost control near Ashland Avenue and crashing into and over the concrete wall. The car landed on the street below at Archer Avenue and Robinson Street.

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Two others were also injured in the crash, according to Illinois State Police. The Chicago Fire Department said a 21-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were transported to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.

It is not known what caused the crash, but police said their preliminary shows the car was traveling at a high rate of speed. Police also confirmed there was a snow bank on I-55 where the car lost control, but it's unclear if it was a factor in the crash.

Police said the car also hit a light tower and knocked out the lights on the Stevenson in both directions between Ashland and the Dan Ryan Expressway.

Safety advocates said the horrific accident is a reminder of the dangers of traveling during winter weather. Drivers should watch their speed, leave plenty of distance between cars, and make sure they don't brake on ice to avoid skidding, sliding and spinouts, experts from AAA said.