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Girl, 8, killed in Christmas Eve crash on South Side


Updated: December 25, 2013 8:00PM

An 8-year-old girl was killed in what the police said was an alcohol-related crash on Christmas Eve, when the driver of the car she was in rolled over and hit a tree on the South Side.

Rescue workers found a Chevrolet Impala on its side around 11:15 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Garfield Boulevard, with the roof of the car caved in, according to Larry Langford, a Chidago Fire Department spokesman.

Crews worked for more than 40 minutes to extricate a 26-year-old man from the vehicle, and it wasn’t until they were inside that they noticed the girl was also pinned into the vehicle, according to police and fire officials.

Lauren Smith, 8, of the 5600 block of South Wolcott Avenue, was taken to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:42 a.m. Wednesday.

The driver was taken to Stroger Hospital, where officials said he was in critical condition.

The police said the crash was alcohol-related and that the car was speeding.

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