A 25-year-old Chicago woman died and her 24-year-old passenger hospitalized after the car she was driving crashed on the Kennedy Expressway early Sunday on the Northwest Side.
Agnieszka Firosz, of the 5600 block of West Cullom Avenue, was pronounced dead at 2:55 a.m. at Resurrection Medical Center, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner's office.
An autopsy will be conducted Monday, the spokeswoman said.
A Honda Accord the woman was driving that was traveling at a high rate of speed went out of control about 2:25 a.m. near Harlem Avenue on the Kennedy, Int. Hwy. 90, and hit yellow and black crash barrels filled with sand and water, Illinois State Police District Chicago Trooper Chris Asmar said.
The barrels are in place to lessen the impact if vehicles hit the cement wall.
The car was initially traveling in the left lane but came to rest on the right shoulder.
The other person in the car, a 24-year-old man in the front passenger seat, was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge but Asmar did not know how serious his injuries were.
Both were wearing seat belts and the road was dry and weather clear during the crash, Asmar said.
About an hour an a half later, the wreckage was cleared and there were no delays.
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