Deadly crash at Roosevelt and Desplaines

Accident caught on red-light camera

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By Maria Maxham

A 24-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the corner of Desplaines and Roosevelt early in the morning of Sept. 29. 

The deceased, Jose Paz, of Crestwood, was driving a Honda Accord eastbound on Roosevelt Road. According to Forest Park Chief of Police Tom Aftanas, Paz Paz was traveling at a high rate of speed, ran a red light at the intersection and struck the trailer of a semi-truck traveling south on Desplaines Avenue. The driver of the truck was unharmed.

Forest Park police received the 911 call at 3:49 a.m. and responded. They were able to get details and review the crash from the red-light camera footage at that intersection.

Paz Paz was pronounced dead at 4:12 a.m.

The West Suburban Major Accident Unit is currently investigating, according to Aftanas. The Cook County Medical Examiner reported on Sept. 30 that the cause of Paz Paz's death was pending toxicology testing.

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