South Side crash leaves 2 dead, 3 critically injured

Two people were killed and three others critically injured when a car struck a concrete pillar early this morning at the intersection of West Pershing Road and South Western Avenue, according to police.

About 3:15 a.m., a silver car traveling northbound struck a viaduct support beam in the 3800 block of South Western Avenue, on the border of the South Side's McKinley Park and the West Side's Brighton Park neighborhoods, police said.

The car's 27-year driver was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Claudia de Jesus, of the 5900 Victoria Drive, in Oak Forest, was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center at 4:22 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

A 32-year-old male passenger was also pronounced dead after being taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. Richard Rogers, of the 1600 block of West Cullom Avenue, was pronounced dead at 4:30 a.m., according to the medical examiner's office.

Two women, both 34, were taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, police said. A 31-year-old man is also at Stroger in critical condition.

The Chicago Police Department's Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating.

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