Man killed in Back of the Yards crash identified

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SHARE Man killed in Back of the Yards crash identified

A man who was killed in a crash Sunday afternoon in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side has been identified.

The two-car accident happened about 2:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of South Ashland, police News Affairs Officer Bari Lemmon said.

A 59-year-old man behind the wheel of a parked Chrysler facing north on Ashland put the car into gear and tried to make a U-turn, Lemmon said. His car then collided with a northbound Volkswagen.

The Chrysler’s driver and a 51-year-old man in the passenger seat were both taken to Stroger Hospital, where the older man died at 5:01 p.m., authorities said.

He has since been identified as Robert E. Sims, of the 500 block of West 14th Place, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy found he died of blunt chest trauma and his death was ruled an accident.

The younger man was listed in fair condition.

Four people in the Volkswagen declined medical treatment, authorities said.

The police Major Accident Investigations Unit is handling the case.

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