On Tuesday morning, Giovanny Delia, 17, was looking forward to a trip to the Wisconsin Dells with family and friends. Two cars were meeting at his father’s home, from where the group would head north.
When the second car didn’t show up for the rendezvous, a friend of Delia’s made a call to one of the people who was in it. The call was answered by a representative at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
A Honda Civic driven by Delia’s mother, Claudia Delia, 35 had collided with a Ford Mustang at Austin and Sunnyside avenues in Jefferson Park shortly after 8 a.m. She and her son Bryan Delia, 16, were both killed in the crash.
Three boys in the back seat of Claudia Delia’s car were injured. Her son Hauk Marvin, 3, suffered a broken leg and is at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Her step-son, Zack Marvin, 15, suffered head trauma and is also at Children’s Memorial. A friend of the boys, Chris Diaz, who is either 15 or 16, was also taken to Lutheran General with unknown injuries.
The driver of the Mustang, a 35-year-old man, was also taken to Lutheran General with serious but non-life threatening injuries, officials said.
According to Chicago Police, the Mustang was traveling south on Austin when it hit the Honda, which was going west on Sunnyside. The force of the collision caused the Honda to run into a light pole, said Officer Veejay Zala of News Affairs, citing preliminary information from the Major Accident Investigation Unit.
No citations were issues in the immediate aftermath of the crash, said Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti, a police spokeswoman.
Claudia Delia’s fiancé, Steve Marvin, who is Hauk’s father, came to Lutheran General not long after the crash.
“She was the love of my life,” Marvin said. “It’s not easy going home, knowing that she’s not going to be there.”
Delia was “the best mother a kid could ask for,” said her son Giovanny.
“Whatever sacrifice needed to be done, she would,” he said.
Claudia Delia worked as a hair stylist and was about to return to Mario Tricoci hair-dressing school for a six-month educator’s course, so she could teach others the trade.
Bryan Delia was about to start his junior year at Taft High School, where he would be captain of the hip hop team.
“His favorite thing was to dance,” said his brother Giovanny.
Ana Rodriguez was in her home at the southwest corner of Austin and Sunnyside when she heard the crash. Rodriguez and other neighbors tried unsuccessfully to pry open the doors of the Honda.
She said she has lived in her home since 1998 and has seen many accidents at the corner, including one where a car crashed into her house. But none were as bad as Monday’s.
“When I saw that my heart went out to them,” she said.
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