A family returning home after dining out collided with a street-sweeper and a pick-up truck in southwest suburban Orland Park, killing a 15-year-old girl and her parents, authorities say.
The teen's sister, a 24-year-old woman, was driving the car and survived. According to the family, she was treated at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and released today.
Nazmi M. Deis, 62, was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. Sunday at Palos Community Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. His wife Wafieh N. Deis, 49, and his 15-year-old daughter Samah N. Deis were pronounced at 10:15 p.m. at the scene.
Rana Deis, 22, a cousin, stood outside the family's home in the 17300 block of Queen Mary Lane in Tinley Park this morning, in shock. "It's just a really rough time for them," Rana Deis said. "It's still fresh – it's not even 24 hours."
The sisters and their parents were on their way home after having dinner at a nearby Olive Garden restaurant when the crash occurred, said Rana Deis, of Oak Forest.
Orland Park police said the street-sweeper was northbound on LaGrange Road when it struck the Camry as the car was turning onto eastbound 171st Street around 8:30 p.m. The Camry then hit a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck that was stopped at the light on 171st.
The driver of the street-sweeper, owned by Mokena-based Midwest Maintenance, was taken to Palos Community Hospital and released, police said. The two people in the pickup truck were treated on the scene by the Orland Fire Protection District.
Orland Park police said there is no indication alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. Police Cmdr. John Keating said the posted speed limit on the road is 45 mph and no citations or charges had been issued as of Monday afternoon. He did not know how fast the vehicles were going.
"It's too early to tell who is at fault," said Keating.
Deis said her aunt and uncle were both born in Jerusalem and still have a home there. Samah, their youngest daughter, was born in Jerusalem while their two eldest daughters were born in the United States, she said.
A third daughter, 29, lives at the Tinley Park home with her husband and three children, Deis said.
Consolidated High School District 230 released a statement today expressing condolences to the family and friends of Samah Deis, who was a freshman at Andrew High School in Tinley Park.
"Today is a very sad day for the Andrew High School community as we grieve the loss of a freshman student," the statement said. "The school community has rallied to support each other in a very difficult time. Social workers and guidance counselors are available for those who need to talk with someone."
Visitation for the family will be 6 to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hann Funeral Home, 8230 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, according to the funeral home. A prayer service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at The Mosque Foundation, 7360 W. 93rd St., Bridgeview. Burial will follow at Parkholm Cemetery, LaGrange Park.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun