Elderly man loading groceries into car killed in crash on North Side

A man was killed in a car crash  on Chicago’s North Side Wednesday.

Witnesses say a driver of a car caused a chain reaction crash after striking a parked car near Sheridan and Balmoral in the Edgewater neighborhood.

71-year-old Frank Kiley was leaving a North Side food pantry with his partner, 69-year-old Wilma Deveyra. Kiley was preparing to load their items into the back of his car when he was struck.

“He was trying to open and I was on the side, on the sidewalk,” Wilma said. “I was helping him and suddenly I heard a very, very loud explosion. “

Wilma said she was thrown to the ground.

“The ambulance came. The policeman all came and took me to Weiss Hospital. I didn’t know where he was, because the policeman didn’t tell me where he is. He just told me that he didn’t make it.”

Wilma is bruised and bandaged up—but what hurts more is her broken heart.

She and frank met at a neighborhood senior center in November and love came quick.

“We considered ourselves husband and wife,” she said showing a ring he gave her.

Witnesses say a driver ran through a red light at a high rate of speed and caused a chain reaction crash.

The street between Sheridan and Foster was closed for five hours while police investigated the scene.

Four people, including Wilma and the driver, were taken to area hospitals.

Police sources tell WGN someone is now in custody for this crash.

 

 

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