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Two dead after Jeep strikes tree, rolls over in Westmont


Updated: March 21, 2013 7:57PM

WESTMONT — Two people were killed early Thursday when the Jeep they were in struck a tree, rolled over, then caught on fire in west suburban Westmont.

Officers responded at 3:20 a.m. to a single-vehicle crash at 534 W. 59th St., Westmont police said. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was engulfed in flames when officers arrived, police said. The fire was extinguished by the Westmont Fire Department, but the two occupants of the Jeep were dead at the scene.

Police said the Grand Cherokee was eastbound on 59th Street when it left the roadway, struck a tree, rolled over, then caught on fire.

Because of the police investigation, 59th Street was closed for several hours between Williams Street and Fairview Avenue .

The victims were identified as Ricahrd Klima, 60, who was the driver, and his passenger, 71-year-old Arlene Majkrzak, DuPage County Coroner Richard A. Jorgensen said. Both lived at the same address in the 1900 block of Holly Avenue in Darien, Jorgensen said. Autopsies are scheduled for Friday.

The crash remains under investigation by the Westmont Police Department, the DuPage County Coroner’s Office, and the Felony Investigation Assistance Team Major Crash Reconstruction Team.

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