A nurse heading to work was fatally injured when a pickup truck driven by a man who later admitted drinking since 5 p.m. Saturday crashed into the nurse's sportutility vehicle after running a red light near Hickory Hills, police said.
Heidi Roseen, 51, of Lockport, was declared dead soon after an ambulance crew brought her to Palos Community Hospital following the crash at La Grange Road and 95th Street, west of Hickory Hills, about 6:20 a.m., said Cook County Sheriff's spokesman Frank Bilecki.
Police were questioning and are expected to charge a 25-year-old man from Orland Park in connection with the crash, Bilecki said.
Roseen, of the 16900 block of West 143rd Street in Lockport, was going to work at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn when the crash happened, Bilecki said. She was driving a Ford Explorer SUV east on 95th Street and entered the intersection with a green light when a Ford 150 pickup driven by the Orland Park man went through a red light heading south on La Grange Road, Bilecki said.
Preliminary accident reconstruction by Cook County Sheriff's police indicate the pickup was going at least 60 mph when it hit the SUV, Bilecki said.
The Orland Park man told police he had been drinking since 5 p.m. Saturday, including possibly in Chicago, Bilecki said. He may have been headed home when the crash happened. Information from a blood sample from the man were pending toxicological results.
The man was being questioned at sheriff's police Maywood headquarters and charges against the man were being considered by the Cook County state's attorney's Felony Review unit, Bilecki said.
Roads surrounding the crash site were closed the rest of the morning and reopened about 1 p.m., Bilecki said.
State records show Roseen has been a registered nurse in Illinois since 1981.
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