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4 dead, 1 injured in Northwest Side crash

Updated: June 13, 2014 7:06AM

Four people died and one person was critically injured in a crash on the Northwest Side early Thursday.

The single-vehicle crash happened about 3 a.m. after a speeding driver lost control of a BMW 328xi and hit a wall in a service alley behind a Lowe’s at 2630 N. Narragansett Ave., police at the scene said.

Ricardo Rociles, 22, of the 2500 block of North Mango Avenue, and another man, thought to be in his 20s, were both dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Another man, 19, and a woman, thought to be in her 20s, were taken to Presence Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, where they were both pronounced dead at 4:20 a.m., the medical examiner’s office said.

The only survivor of the crash, a female, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where she was listed in critical condition, police said.

The car nearly struck more than 100 propane tanks behind the store and was “five feet from blowing the whole place up,” said Elliot Musial, an investigator for the police Major Accidents Unit.

About 4:55 a.m., crews were still working to remove the bodies of the male driver and another passenger, Musial said. The car’s roof had to be cut off to extract the rest of the passengers.

The area is a well-known spot for drag racing, Musial said.

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