A man was killed, his brother was seriously injured and another man was hurt in a two-vehicle crash early this morning in the city's Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side.
The crash happened about 5:35 a.m. on the 3500 block of West Division Street, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak. Police were still trying to locate the driver of the vehicle that struck the brother's car. He left the scene following the crash, police said this afternoon.
The victim was identified as Ivan Miranda, 24, of the 2600 block of West Haddon Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. he was declared dead at John H. Stroger Hospital at 6:16 a.m.
According to preliminary reports, the two brothers were on their way to pick up a third brother from work when they were struck by another vehicle, police said.
The driver was killed and his brother, 21, suffered multiple injuries. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, Kubiak said.
It was initially thought that the driver of the other vehicle had been taken into custody by police, but it was later determined that that man, age 25, was a passenger in the vehicle that struck the one in which the driver was killed, said News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala. That man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital for treatment, Zala said.
Wilmari Velez, who lives next door to Miranda's family, said that she has known the Mirandas since she was in her early teens and grew close to the boys. Her two-year-old daughter, she said, affectionately called Ivan Miranda tio, or "uncle" in Spanish.
"I treat them like family and they treat me like family," said Velez, 22. "Ivan was a jokester. He always had a smile on his face."
Velez said that there are four boys in the family, the oldest of which is father to a one-month-old baby boy.
"It's tragic that he couldn't see his own nephew grow up," Velez said.
Velez said that the younger brother who was with Ivan in the car attends Harry S. Truman college. She describes him as smart and motivated, and said he has a passion for cooking.
"He loves to make tres leches cake," she said, smiling.