One-Vehicle Crash Kills Driver, Seriously Injures Passenger on Outbound Kennedy Expressway Near Lawrence Ave

Chicago firefighters and paramedics and Illinois State Police troopers responded about 2:15 a.m. Sunday May 5, 2019 to a report of a one-vehicle crash on the Kennedy Expressway at West Lawrence Avenue near Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood.

The crash, involving a silver 2005 Toyota sedan that struck two concrete barrier in the northbound lanes (westbound I-90), killed the male driver and seriously injured a male passenger. The Toyota overturned when it hit the first concrete barrier in the left shoulder/median, slid across all lanes, and hit a concrete barrier at the right shoulder. Neither victim was wearing a seat belt, and both crash victims were extricated from the wrecked Toyota by 2:41 p.m.

The male driver, Kevin Ness, 27, of Hanover Park was killed, and the male passenger, Jimmy Ruiz, 26, of Bloomingdale was seriously injured.

IDOT and Illinois State Police were first on the scene. CFD Battalion Chief 10, Ambulance 47, Ambulance 32, Ambulance 46 and Engine 69 responded to the crash. Ness was pronounced dead at Lutheran General Hospital, and Ruiz was hospitalized. Both victims were transported to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

All lanes of the northbound Kennedy Expressway (westbound I-90) were shut down about 2:30 a.m. and were not reopened until about 6:40 a.m. Sunday.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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