Seconds Before Crash that Killed Hersey High School Student, Offending Driver Had Another Crash on Milwaukee Ave North of Hintz Rd

Wheeling police released a report Tuesday, July 24, 2018 that a fatal crash at Milwaukee Avenue and Hintz Road on Saturday, July 21, 2018 about 2:00 p.m. was caused by a 30-year-old male driver, who was fleeing an earlier crash scene in Wheeling.

Police say they questioned the driver, who was taken into police custody after he was released from the hospital. Police also began toxicology testing of the driver. The driver’s identity was not initially released, and Tuesday morning he had not yet been charged in the incident, according to Wheeling Deputy Police Chief Todd Wolff.

The driver is suspected of fleeing the scene of an earlier crash nearby, and then crashing into the rear end of a car while traveling at a high rate of speed. The car he hit, which was stopped at a stoplight, was pushed into the intersection and then hit by another car.

Inside the car he rear-ended was Alyssa Lendino, who died of injuries at Level I Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge at 5:21 p.m. Saturday. Her father, Tony Lendino, and her 12-year-old sister also suffered serious injuries. Alyssa Lendino’s mother, Michele Lendino, was a passenger in her vehicle alongside her dad and sister. Michele Lendino was treated and released from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge Monday, July 23, 2018. Three of the crash victims in the Lendino’s car needed to be extricated from the car. Three other people were also injured in the crash, includingn the offender.

No injuries were reported in the first “property damage only” crash on Milwaukee Avenue north of Hintz Road.

Police were not even called yet to respond to the first crash when the fatal, second crash occurred.

The Major Case Assistance Team, investigated the scene and is handling the ongoing investigation with assistance from Wheeling police.

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