Police: Driver of stolen car killed in crash on South Side

SHARE Police: Driver of stolen car killed in crash on South Side
SHARE Police: Driver of stolen car killed in crash on South Side

A male driving a stolen car was killed in a crash with a semi truck Friday afternoon in the Ashburn neighborhood on the South Side, police said.

About 2 p.m., the driver of the Toyota Corolla was traveling westbound on 87th Street when he ran a red light at Western Avenue and crashed his car into a semi truck, police said.

The Toyota caught fire with the male trapped inside, Fire Media spokesman Juan Hernandez said. He was the only occupant of the car.

The male, whose exact age was not immediately known, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Saturday found he died of multiple injuries he suffered in the crash and his death was ruled an accident.

The truck driver and two other people who were trying to help at the scene all refused medical treatment, Hernandez said.

A police source said the Toyota was stolen from the 1600 block of West 87th Street, when the male jumped into the running vehicle and sped away westbound.

The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

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