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Good Samaritan rescues 3-year-old from stolen SUV

An SUV crashed inan Englewood building early Monday with driver running away leaving 3-year-old boy vehicle. / phofrom Network Video

An SUV crashed into an Englewood building early Monday, with the driver running away and leaving a 3-year-old boy in the vehicle. / photo from Network Video Productions

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Updated: June 14, 2014 6:16AM

A good Samaritan rescued a 3-year-old boy from a stolen SUV that caught fire after it crashed into a building in West Englewood late Sunday night, police said. Now, the woman who said she reported the SUV stolen last week just wants to know the boy is all right.

“As long as this baby’s OK, I don’t care about anything else,” Salvatrice Gavin said.

The SUV crashed into a vacant building in the 2000 block of West 59th Street about 11:45 p.m., police said. The driver ran after the crash, they said, but a citizen saw the child in the vehicle, took the boy out and began to perform CPR.

By the time officers arrived on the scene, the SUV had burst into flames, police said.

The boy was resuscitated and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he is listed in “stable” condition, police said.

Investigators learned the car was stolen and found the boy’s mother, who knows the person who crashed the car. The driver was not in custody as of Monday afternoon, police said.

Gavin said the SUV is owned by her mother. She said it was stolen between 8:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on May 5 from a parking lot near the 1100 block of North Harlem in Oak Park after Gavin drove it to work.

“It seems as if somebody literally took the keys out of my coat pocket,” Gavin said.

If possible, she said she’d like to visit the rescued boy to “just know that he’s all right.”

“I hope to God that, that baby’s OK,” Gavin said.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire


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