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One perswas killed after car was hit by tire Bishop Ford Freeway Wednesday morning Far South Side temporarily shutting down

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

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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.



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