A driver was killed in a crash Friday in northwest suburban Arlington Heights.
A red SUV was northbound on Arlington Heights Road just before 4 p.m. when the driver tried to turn left onto Hintz Road on a yellow light, according to a statement from Arlington Heights police. A southbound yellow compact car went straight through the intersection on the yellow light and hit the SUV as it turned.
The driver of the SUV, 90-year-old Lilly Thompson, was unresponsive at the scene, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Paramedics took her to a hospital, but she was pronounced dead.
An autopsy conducted Saturday confirmed she died from her injuries, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Her death has been ruled an accident. She lived in Arlington Heights.
The crash caused “significant damage” to both vehicles, police said. The driver of the yellow car was checked out by paramedics at the scene but was not taken to a hospital. There were no passengers in either vehicle and no other injuries were reported.
The intersection of Hintz and Arlington Heights roads was partially closed for investigation until 9:30 p.m., police said.
The Major Case Assistance Team and the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team are assisting with the investigation.