Police suspect a 33-year-old man was under the influence of alcohol when his car hit a viaduct on Western Avenue, split in half and left his girlfriend dead Saturday morning on the Near West Side.
The 26-year-old woman riding in the front passenger seat died in the wreck, according to the Chicago Police Department.
Chantelle Jones, of the 1200 block of South 56th Court in
, was pronounced dead at 5:34 a.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Charges haven't yet been filed but police say alcohol played a role in the crash.
"It looks like alcohol played a factor but right now we're trying to confirm and move forward with our investigation," Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said. "(The) driver was treated and released, he sustained cuts and bruises."
The Saturn the pair were traveling in was southbound in the 1600 block of South Western Avenue when the driver lost control, hit a viaduct and the car flipped and split in half about 2:15 a.m. The woman was found outside the car, police said.
The police department's Major Accidents Investigations Unit, which handles fatal car crashes, is investigating.