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Lincolnwood man charged with murder in fatal rear-end crash on Edens

Jose L. Col |  Illinois State Police photo

Jose L. Colon | Illinois State Police photo

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A north suburban man whose car rear-ended an SUV on the Edens Expy. early Sunday, causing a fatal accident, has been charged with murder, according to state police.

Jose L. Colon, 21, of Lincolnwood, was driving a white, 2-passenger Audi that rear-ended a Chevrolet Tracker SUV on the southbound Edens near Touhy Avenue in Skokie about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, according to Illinois State Police.

“The impact caused both vehicles to lose control, run off the roadway to the right, and strike the ditch on the right side,” according to a State Police statement Tuesday.

The driver of the SUV, Samee Ranginwala, of Mankato, Minn., was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene at 2:09 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy Sunday found Ranginwala died of brain injuries suffered in the crash, and his death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner’s office said.

Colon, who was hospitalized with minor injuries, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, State Police said. He was scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday morning in Skokie.

Both vehicles were completely mangled and stopped at separate ends of what State Police Master Sgt. George Jimenez said was a “quarter-mile-long crash scene.”

All southbound lanes were closed for almost six hours.

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