6 people killed in overnight crashes

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The crash involving a “high performance car” that lost control happened shortly after midnight in the 12000 block of South Doty Avenue. | Chicago Fire Media Affairs

Six people died overnight in crashes across Chicago, including a woman who was ejected from a motorcycle and two teenagers who were driving on the Far South Side.

The last crash killed a driver in the Ravenswood neighborhood on the North Side. About 4:30 a.m., Gerardo Lopez-Luna, 35, was driving north in the 4900 block of North Ashland Avenue when he crossed the median and struck a cab head-on, Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Lopez-Luna’s vehicle then struck a parked car and finally landed on another parked vehicle, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the cab was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where his condition was stabilized but serious, according to police.

About three hours earlier, a retired Chicago Fire Department ambulance commander and his wife were killed in a high-speed, rollover crash in the South Deering neighborhood on the Far South Side. The crash happened about 1:20 a.m. Sunday in the 2100 block of East 103rd Street when a Chevy sedan traveling east at a high rate of speed hit a Cadillac going in the opposite direction, according to police and Chicago Fire Media Affairs. The Cadillac then struck a Buick and the Chevy struck the couple’s Jeep, which flipped onto its roof.

Richard Biehl, a 63-year-old retired CFD ambulance commander, and his wife, 60-year-old Susan Biehl, were killed in the crash, authorities said. They lived in the Wrightwood neighborhood.

The driver of the speeding Chevy, a 30-year-old man, was in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center, authorities said. Three other people were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

The crash was believed to have been caused by a drunken driver who crossed into the wrong lane, the fire department said.

Police investigate a serious crash about 12 a.m. Sunday, July 29, 2018 in the 12000 South Doty Avenue in Chicago. | Justin Jackson/ Sun-Times

Police investigate a serious crash about 12 a.m. Sunday, July 29, 2018 in the 12000 South Doty Avenue in Chicago. | Justin Jackson/ Sun-Times

About 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Two teenage boys were killed in a high-speed, head-on collision on the Far South Side that critically injured the occupants of another car. The boys were traveling north in a Subaru at a high rate of speed when the vehicle crashed head-on into a Chrysler 300 in the 12000 block of South Doty Avenue, authorities said.

The occupants of the Subaru, 16-year-old Zachery Ryan Tomak and 17-year-old Michael Clark, were taken to University of Chicago Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where they were pronounced dead over an hour later, authorities said. They both lived in Portage, Indiana.

The Chrysler’s driver, a 21-year-old man, and his passenger, a 16-year-old boy, were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, police said.

The crash happened on a roadway that runs along Interstate 94 in the Pullman Industrial Corridor, an area where vehicles are known to race, authorities said.

About an hour and a half earlier, a woman was killed and a man was seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding crashed in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, authorities said.

Shortly before 10 p.m., the motorcycle collided with a vehicle that was turning left in the 3200 block of North Avenue, police said. Witnesses told investigators that the motorcycle’s driver, a 38-year-old man, ran a red light.

Nicole Villavicencio, 28, of the Cragin neighborhood, was ejected from the bike during the crash, authorities said. Villavicencio and the driver were both taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead and he was listed in serious condition.

An autopsy conducted Sunday found that Villavicencio died from multiple injuries related to the crash, and her death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner’s office said.

No other injuries were reported and no citations were issued, police said.

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