The two men killed in a three-vehicle crash in Maywood that also seriously injured a 5-week-old infant were speeding away from an altercation in Melrose Park before the crash, officials said.
The crash happened about 7:06 p.m. near the intersection of 9th Avenue and St. Charles Road in Maywood, said Maywood Police Chief Tim Curry. When police arrived they found three cars that had been involved in the crash, including an overturned vehicle, said Curry.
The car that was overturned was a blue Toyota; Jose Mauras, 35, of Rosemont, may have been the driver of the Toyota and Elias Cruz, 50, of Melrose Park, may have been the passenger, officials said. Both men were pronounced dead at 7:41 p.m. at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The men had been involved in an altercation in Melrose Park near the intersection of 9th Avenue and Winston Drive just before the accident, Curry said. Police believe the men were fleeing that altercation.
The men were travelling southbound at a high rate of speed in Melrose Park when they crossed into oncoming northbound traffic in Maywood and hit a white Nissan driven by Josh Hust, 23, his girlfriend Sarah Kiris, 22, and their 5-week-old daughter, Daniella, of Lombard, according to police and family members. The Toyota then went airborne, Curry said.
The Toyota then came down and hit a Pontiac with two men inside, Curry said, before flipping over and landing upside down, killing the men inside.
The men in the Pontiac were treated at the scene and were assisting police with the crash details, Curry said.
Hurst, who was driving the Nissan, had to be extricated from the car. Kiris was treated for injuries she sustained both from the crash and from giving birth only five weeks earlier, Curry said. The baby, who was in a car seat, was seriously injured, Curry said. The family was at Loyola Hospital in Maywood.
John Coronado of Maywood said his granddaughter, Sarah Kiris, grew up in Maywood where she still has friends and relatives. She was on her way to a party at a girlfriend's home to show off her baby. He said his daughter was bruised up in the crash and may have broken a leg and her boyfriend broke his right arm in the crash.
He said the baby was the most severely injured and was listed in critical condition at the hospital and was being treated for head trauma. Coronado and his wife were particularly excited when his granddaughter gave birth.
"She's our first great-grandchild," Coronado said.
He said relatives have been bedside with the young family hoping for the baby to pull through. He said doctors have not given them a long-term prognosis for the baby but said they were focused first on treating the child's head trauma.
"God willing she is still living," said Coronado.
Initially officials believed the baby was not seriously injured but, Curry said, "The baby was said to be OK, we're just learning that the baby is not out of the woods." He also said that the baby has undergone surgery.
Initially Curry said that the incident was incorrectly described as involving road rage, but he said there was no other car involved until the crash. The men in the Toyota were fleeing the altercation which may have included people in another car, but it is believed there was no chase involved, he said.
Along with Maywood police, the Cook County sheriff's accident reconstruction unit was investigating, Curry said.
A Metra train bound for Elburn was delayed due to the accident.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times