Northbound lanes reopen after fatal accident on Bishop Ford Freeway
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE July 23, 2014 7:48AM
One person was killed after a car was hit by a tire on the Bishop Ford Freeway Wednesday morning on the Far South Side, temporarily shutting down all northbound lanes during the morning rush, Illinois State Police said. | Photo courtesy of ABC7 Eyewitness News
Updated: July 23, 2014 3:22PM
A Northwest Indiana woman was killed when a tire came off another vehicle and the tire struck the windshield of her car on the Bishop Ford Freeway on the Far South Side early Wednesday morning.
A green 1997 Chevrolet Blazer was southbound on I-94 near 130th Street when one of its wheels came off about 6:10 a.m., according to the Illinois State Police.
The tire bounced into the northbound lanes and struck a white 2011 Nissan Versa, state police said.
The driver of the Nissan — identified as Jovanka Mijatov, 64, of Schererville, Ind. — was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to state police.
The driver of the Chevrolet — Marina Blanco, 48, of Hammond, Ind. — was not injured, but was charged with having no valid insurance and no valid registration, as well as using unsafe tires, state police said.
All northbound lanes were reopened about 9:15 a.m., according to state police.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the fatality but had no other details as of early Wednesday afternoon.