Charges pending in fatal alcohol-related crash in Brighton Park

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Chicago Police investigate a crash late Tuesday in the 4400 block of South California. | Network Video Productions

Charges are pending against a woman after an alcohol-related crash that killed a man Tuesday night in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said.

About 11:45 p.m., the 39-year-old woman was driving south on California Avenue when she disobeyed a stop sign and struck a vehicle traveling east on 44th Street, according to Chicago Police.

The eastbound vehicle then struck two poles, and debris from the crash broke a storefront window. The 28-year-old man driving the second vehicle, Carlos De Lourdes, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:52 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 4400 block of South Western.

After the initial crash, the woman’s vehicle continued southbound on California and struck a parked car, knocking it onto the sidewalk and into two buildings, police said. Her vehicle then struck another parked car, which was pushed into a third parked car. The woman’s vehicle then finally came to rest.

She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where her condition was stabilized, police said. Charges were pending Thursday morning.

The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

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