1 killed, 4 others injured when driver runs a red light in Chatham, Chicago police say

One man was killed and four other people were injured when a driver ran a red light early Thursday and slammed into a vehicle with four people inside, Chicago police said.

About 1:20 a.m. a man was driving south in the 7900 block of South King Drive “when he proceeded through a red light and struck a vehicle" in the side as it went west on a cross street, according to a Chicago police media notification.

There were four people in the vehicle that was hit, all in their 50s, police said. Video of the crash aftermath appeared to show that a black SUV and a Jeep Wrangler were involved in the collision, but Sally Bown, a police spokeswoman, said she was unable to confirm that or say which vehicle was which because the crash report had not been finalized by 6:30 a.m.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 54-year-old man, was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He later was identified as Derrick Reed, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Information on where he lived wasn’t immediately released.

A 51-year-old man in the second vehicle suffered minor cuts and he was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition. A woman, 52, was unconscious and she was taken to the University of Chicago in good condition. Another woman in her 50s from the same vehicle suffered minor injuries and she had been under observation at the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said.

The driver of the vehicle that ran the light also was injured. The 35-year-old man also was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center with minor injuries and he was listed in good condition, according to police.

The 35-year-old was to be issued citations, police said in the media notification. Bown said she did not know what tickets, if any, had been written.

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