Man killed in Lawndale crash


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A man died after swerving into the wrong lane early Wednesday in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood and colliding with another vehicle.

Erasmo Garcia, 57,was driving north about 3:50 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Cicero Avenue when his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He struck a vehicle driven by a 37-year-old man, who was taken to Loretto Hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Garciawas taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead hours later,authoritiessaid. He lived in west suburban Cicero.

A autopsy Thursday found he died from multiple blunt force injuries in the crash and his death was ruled an accident, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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