A 12-year-old boy and three children were injured Wednesday afternoon when a vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a tree in south suburban Olympia Fields in Chicago.
The crash occurred about 12:45 p.m. in the 600 block of Brookwood Terrace, according to statement from Olympia Fields police. Authorities believe the driver may have been speeding at the time of the crash.
All four passengers were less than 16 years old and residents of Olympia Fields, police said.
Armani Kreamer, 12, of the 2000 block of Corinth Road in Olympia Fields, was pronounced dead at Franciscan St. James Health in Chicago Heights at 2:21 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Kreamer's mother said he was supposed to be grounded but sneaked out for a joyride with friends. She said the car was driven by a 13-year-old girl.
The three other individuals in the vehicle were initially taken to Franciscan St. James Health in Olympia Fields and Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, but were all later taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.
Eyewitness Anapam Razdan said he was shocked that anyone survived.
"There was some movement in the car, and I kept hearing some women or girls screaming and saying, 'Oh, let me out, let me out, look at the car,' which I thought was kind of strange that they were alive," Razdan said.
An autopsy for Kreamer is scheduled for Thursday.
Olympia Fields police are investigating.
— STNG Wire