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Alcohol involved in crash that killed baby, injured 7: police

Updated: September 3, 2011 12:33AM

A baby just a week shy of his first birthday was killed and seven others — including three other children — were injured on the South Side Monday evening in a two-vehicle crash that shut down all outbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway.

“Please God no, where’s my baby, don’t take my baby,” a woman cried out later at the hospital emergency room where the injured were taken.

The crash happened about 6:45 p.m. on the outbound Dan Ryan near 75th Street and alcohol played a role in the crash, according to State Police.

“There was alcohol definitely involved,” said State Police Master Sergeant Joe Stangl.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office is investigating, and staffers were at one of the hospitals interviewing some of the injured, Stangl said.

The baby who was killed and the injured passengers were all traveling in one car, sources said. The car struck a guard rail and rolled over — ejecting the children. At one point the car struck another vehicle, though no one was reported injured in the second car.

Eleven month-old Everett Bramlett was pronounced dead at University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital at 8:25 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The boy would have been a year old on June 6, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Three other children were taken to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, said Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford.

The scene outside Comer’s emergency room was grim as family and friends of the children injured in the crash wept and hugged one another.

Four adults were also injured. Two were taken to University of Chicago Hospital in serious but stable condition, said Fire Department spokesman Will Knight. One adult was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, while another was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, both in critical condition.

The injured children include a 6-year-old boy, who was listed in critical condition, as well as two girls, a 3-year-old and 4-year-old, Comer spokesman Rob Mitchum said. He said the girls were listed in good condition as of 7:30 p.m.

No one had been charged in connection with the crash as of early Tuesday, police said.

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