At 82nd Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, the scars from Friday night’s car accident remain. Two cars crashed head-on at about 5:30 p.m. Friday, killing four people.
“I’m going to miss him a lot,” Martin Gonzalez said about his brother Hector, who was killed. “And a lot of people who knew him are going to miss him a lot too.”
The family of two of those killed, Hector, 48, and Maria Gonzalez, 52, say both were hardworking. Their son, Hector Jr., 13, was also in the white pickup truck and was badly injured.
“They were coming to my house for Fourth of July and we got the bad news after a while,” Martin said.
Police believe a black Chevy Camaro was speeding on Harlem Avenue when it lost control and crashed into the Gonzalez’s truck. Inside the Camaro, Aiman Salem, 21, and his friend, Alaa Mustafa Alkhatib, 24, both died instantly.
“He’s not the type of person who likes speeding,” Amirah Abushalback, a family friend of Salem, said. “We still can’t believe it.”
Friends and family of Salem wonder what led up to the crash and if another car, possibly racing the Camaro or distracting the driver, may be responsible.
“They’re young and I don’t know who was driving,” Salem’s brother Wesam Quran said. “They was racing because they have a Camaro, so I believe they had to go on this day.”
“We’re not at peace with what was going on. He was such a good kid,” Abushalback said. “Lives were lost yesterday, hopefully everybody can get peace of mind into what exactly happened.”