Man Dies Following Chicago Chain-Reaction Crash

There was a fatal car accident in Chicago’s Norwood Park neighborhood Monday night, January 18, 2016.

An excerpt from the January 21, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “No bond for driver charged with DUI in fatal NW side crash“:

A 19-year-old man who admitted drinking beer, smoking pot and taking muscle relaxers before causing a fatal crash Monday night on the Northwest Side was ordered held without bond Thursday.

Mishel Lame, 19, was charged with aggravated DUI causing a fatal accident, and cited for negligent driving, failure to reduce speed and operating a vehicle without insurance, according to Chicago Police.

According to prosecutors, the accident happened at 7:25 p.m. as a white 2011 BMW driven by Lame was allegedly speeding northbound in the 5100 block of North Nagle.

Then, a collision occurred, which then caused a “chain-reaction” crash.  An excerpt from the January 21 article titled “Teen Drank, Smoked Pot, Took Muscle Relaxers Before Fatal Crash:  Court“:

Lame was driving a white BMW northbound on Nagle Avenue when he rear-ended a Jeep that was stopped at the intersection of Nagle and Carmen, prosecutors said. The Jeep slammed into a Lexus that was stopped in front of it — sending the Lexus into oncoming traffic, where it crashed into a Honda that had been heading south on Nagle, according to Salas-Wail.

Meanwhile, Lame’s BWM spun around and struck a tree on the east side of Nagle, prosecutors said, knocking down the tree. Lame had been speeding, according to police.

When officers arrived on the scene, they saw Lame standing on the sidewalk about 10 feet from the BMW. His passenger, 20-year-old Marion-Mario Tahiraj, was trapped inside Lame’s car, prosecutors said.

Tahiraj had to be extricated from the car, and he was then taken to Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was later pronounced dead.

None of the occupants in the other vehicles (the Jeep, Lexus or Honda) were seriously injured in the chain-reaction crash.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times and articles mentioned above.