Woman dies days after SUV strikes viaduct on West Side, driver charged

Tribune reporters

A 29-year-old woman has died four days after the SUV she was a passenger in crashed into the supports for a viaduct near the border between Chicago and Cicero, officials said.

Regina Jordan, of the 1700 block of North Menard Avenue, was pronounced dead today at 9:42 a.m., at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The driver of the SUV, Kristan Malone, of the 4200 block of West 21st Place, was also injured and was initially taken in serious condtion to Mount Sinai.

Malone, 28, was charged with Aggravated DUI for an accident causing bodily harm, a felony. He was also charged with failure to reduce speed, driving with a suspended license and other driving citations. On May 20, he was ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

The accident happened on May 18 on the 4500 block of West Cermak about 5:15 a.m., police said.

Malone was driving a 2001 BMW X5 SUV at a high rate of speed when he lost control and struck the viaduct, police said.

Police initially closed Cermak in both directions at the railroad viaduct over Cermak Road at the Cicero-Chicago border. Chicago blocked traffic at Kostner Avenue on the east and Cicero police blocked traffic at Cicero Avenue on the west before opening it as far as the Aldi and Conway stores a little closer to the viaduct.

The SUV sat inside crime scene tape under the east end of the viaduct while family members waited nearby for news.

A CTA supervisor arrived at the scene before 6:30 a.m. and buses were being rerouted in the area.


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