A traffic accident last Saturday at the neighborhood of Gage Park involving a taxi resulted in the injuries of five people. (WGN-TV).
Under the influence of liquor, a 19-year-old man driving his car hit a taxi making it spin like a top, hitting a light pole and injuring five people in the Gage Park neighborhood, according to the police report.
Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said that they are now seeking the felon, identified as Lathanniel Barajas, of the 1800 block of South Springfield Avenue for DUI charges after the 2:35 a.m. crash in the 5600 block of South Kedzie Avenue. They learned that Barajas was driving as vehicle without insurance and possibly without a driver’s license
Three of the victims in serious-to-critical condition were taken to area hospitals while two of the less serious case was brought to Holy Cross Hospital and Little Company of Mary Hospital in fair-to-serious condition, reported the Chicago Fire Department.
Those riding in the taxi were critically injured and a 19 year old woman was ejected. She is now in initially serious-to-critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. The 41 year-old driver of the taxi, was brought in serious-to-critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Two other taxi passengers, a 21 year-old man, was taken to Little Company of Mary, and a 19-year-old man was taken to Holy Cross, according to Perez.
A 17-year-old man who was riding in the car of Barajas was brought to Mount Sinai Hospital; however, Perez said that Barajas and another 20-year-old man passenger in his car did not require any medical attention..
The crash occurred while the taxi was driving north on Kedzie near 56th Street and Barajas was driving his Honda Accord south on Kedzie. Suddenly it swerved left to the southbound lanes and hit the taxi, a Ford Crown Victoria, on the side. The taxi was spinning at 360 degrees and finally crash into a light pole, as described by Perez.
Perez added that when the police arrived in the scene, they saw the woman who had been ejected from the taxi lying on a nearby sidewalk.
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