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Woman killed, two others hospitalized in Pilsen crash

A woman was killed and two other people were hospitalized after an SUV and a car plowed into each other Saturday in the Pilsen neighborhood.

The crash happened about 1:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of South Damen Avenue and claimed the life of Candis Ricks, authorities said.

A Ford Focus was westbound on 21st Street when it struck a Ford Escape SUV that was northbound on Damen Avenue, according to police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

The impact caused both vehicles to jumped the curb and go up onto the sidewalk. Mirabelli did not immediately know if the intersection is controlled by a stop sign or a stop light or what the driving conditions were.

The drivers of both vehicles were extricated by crews from the fire department, while a passenger in the Focus got out on their own, the officer said.

The SUV’s driver, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as 29-year-old Ricks, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. The medical examiner’s office said Ricks, of an unidentified address, was pronounced dead at 2:17 a.m. at Mount Sinai and an autopsy is scheduled for later Saturday.

The driver of the Focus was taken in serious condition and its passenger was in “stable” condition -- both males of unidentified ages were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Mirabelli said.

Fire Media Affairs spokesman Will Knight said paramedics initially took three people in serious-to-critical condition to area hospitals. Two people were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and one person was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Mirabelli said it was too early to say which vehicle was at fault, but noted that the Focus sustained front-end damage and the SUV had passenger-side damage.

No citations have been issued as of 11 a.m.

The Police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating.

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