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Man killed, brother injured in Humboldt Park crash

Ivan Mirand(left) was killed crash. His brother Jovani (right) was injured but survived.  |  family photo

Ivan Miranda (left) was killed in the crash. His brother Jovani (right) was injured but survived. | family photo

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Updated: December 26, 2012 9:43AM

Ivan Miranda got off work after an overnight shift and picked up his youngest brother at a friend’s house so both could go home.

Ivan, 24, was going to go to bed after a night in the shipping and receiving department at a North Side Target. From there, his brother Jovanni Miranda, 21, planned to take the car to his early-morning shift at Home Depot.

As the brothers were driving to the family’s Humboldt Park home, Jovanni saw his brother smile and then boom, the 2005 Saab they were in was hit , said their mother, Elizabeth Rodriguez. Police said the driver of the other car fled.

Jovanni survived the 5:30 a.m hit-and-run in the 3500 block of West Division Street. Ivan did not.

Ivan, of the 2600 block of West Haddon Ave., was taken Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:16 a.m., according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Jovanni was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he remained Saturday night. His family said he was bruised and swollen and is still recovering.

“Thank God,” his mother said.

But of her mortally wounded son, she said “I’m hurt, I’m broken, I’m going to miss my boy when I come home.”

The driver of the other vehicle remained at large on Saturday night and police were investigating, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. A person police had in custody turned out to be a passenger in the car.

As friends and family gathered at the family’s home, they remembered Ivan as a goofy, fun-loving guy.

He loved to dance, especially to Bachata, a Latin dance beloved in the family’s native Puerto Rico.

“That man danced to everything,” said Ivan’s twin brother, Gabriel, who added his brother also liked to sing. “Even if he didn’t know the words, he’ll mumble it to you.”

Ivan, one of four boys, graduated from Wells Community Academy High School in 2007 and started working at Target, his mother said. Though he was always known as responsible, he had started to mature recently and wanted become a supervisor, she said.

“He was taking his job a little more seriously,” Gabriel said.

“He was ready for the next step and he was ready to grow up,” his mother said.

Ivan was known for his sense of humor and playing pranks on his loved ones. Knowing that his mother worked at the Starbucks inside the Target store where he worked, Ivan left a Dunkin’ Donuts cup with the phrase “Starbucks killer” written on it for everyone to see, his mother recalled laughing. She said her son liked to mess with her by calling her “Old lady.”

Because many family members work retail and were on duty Thursday or Black Friday — or both — the family celebrated Thanksgiving on Wednesday when they had turkey stew and Puerto Rican arroz con gandules.

“It was beautiful,” Rodriguez said, looking to the dining room chair where Ivan sat. “It was perfect.”

Contributing: James Scalzitti

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