An sophomore at Prospect High School has died after the car in which he was a front-seat passenger failed to negotiate a bend in the roadway and hit a parkway tree early this morning.
Arlington Heights police said they had to cut off the blue Hyundai Sonata's roof to rescue the unresponsive 16-year-old boy, who was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with life-threatening injuries.
The boy was identified at John Gavin, 16, of the 700 block of East Lynden Lane in Arlington Heights, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The car's driver, another 16-year-old boy, was not seriously hurt.
The accident occurred about 12:40 a.m. when the Hyundai four-door sedan traveling south on the 400 block of South Windsor Drive left the roadway, police said. The car was traveling only slightly above the 25 mph speed limit. The street was wet from snow flurries, police said.
The tree hit by the car was about 25 feet off the road. Passing motorists and local residents called 9-1-1.
Drugs or alcohol do not appear involved, police said. Both of the teens were wearing seatbelts and airbags deployed as designed in the crash, according to police. No traffic citations were issued.
Prospect High School is on spring break, but counselors will be available there tomorrow morning, officials said.
Tribune reporters Liam Ford and Deanese Williams-Harris contributedCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times