Elderly woman dies after crashing into building near Lincolnwood mall

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An elderly Skokie woman died Wednesday night after she lostcontrol of her vehicle and struckthe sideof abuilding innorth suburban Lincolnwood.

Savita Patel, 78, was killed during the car wreck that unfoldedas she was turning left outside the Kohl’s at Lincolnwood Town Center mall, 3333 W. Touhy Ave., according to Lincolnwood police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The car plowed intoa parked car, which did not contain passengers inside, and careened until it hit the wall of a building, police said.She was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, and her husband suffered non-lifethreatening injuries.

Apreliminary investigationrevealedPatel, who was driving with her husband in the passenger seat, accelerated due to what wasbelieved to be amedical condition, police said.

A Friday autopsy found Patel’s cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries from a vehicle striking a building, the medical examiner’s office said. Her death, pronounced at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, was ruled an accident.

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