Officials are trying to determine if a body found floating this morning in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal was that of a man who fled from a nearby fatal crash over the weekend, officials said.
The man is described as an African-American in his late 20s or early 30s who was found on the 4000 block of South Cicero Avenue on the Southwest Side about 11:30 a.m. today, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan.
Officials are working to identify the man using other than visual means because the body appeared to have been in the water for several days and had begun to decompose, according to a spokesman with the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Officials with the Chicago Police Major Accident Investigation Unit are investigating if the man was an occupant of a white Ford Taurus that crashed into a bridge and flipped over on July 2 at about 2:49 a.m., police said. The accident happened on the same block in which the man's body was found.
Killed in that crash was Pipers Wells, 33, of the 1000 block of North Massasoit Avenue. Witnesses told investigators that the car was travelling as fast as 100 mph before veering off the side of the road and crashing against the bridge, police said.
Witnesses also told investigators that they saw someone fleeing the scene, police said at the time.
The accident remains under investigation by police. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, officials said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun