Vigil held for mom, kids fatally struck by semi; driver cited

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CHICAGO - Chicago Police have ticketed the driver of a semi-truck after two children and one adult were struck and killed  by the truck on Chicago’s South Side.

23-year-old Zachary Barngrover, from Iowa, is cited with failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk, and making an improper left turn onto a two-way road.

The crash happened just before 5 a.m. on the 4300 block of South Ashland in the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood.

The three were identified as 30-year-old mother, Elizabeth Peralta-Luna and her two children, 9-year-old Elizabeth Peralta and 4-year-old Dylan Peralta.

Family and friends held a vigil for the victims Saturday evening.  They describe Peralta-Luna as a woman with a joyful heart who loved her children.

Peralta-Luna had just taken her 9-year-old daughter to the Cricket store to shop for a cell phone.

Then they went to pick up  4-year-old Dylan at a daycare center nearby.

The three were holding hands as they crossed the street to catch a bus when the semi was turning onto Ashland and hit them.

Barngrover allegedly drove about a block from the scene without stopping, before he realized that anyone had been hit.

The three victims were taken to the hospital in critical condition, where they were all later pronounced dead.

People who talked to the woman just before the accident said she had recently got her car stolen and that's why she was taking public transportation.

Barngrover is due in court on April 15.

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2 comments

  • Adrian

    May they rest in peace and the little brother and sister are now Angels in heaven…holding their sweet mother by the hand and they are all smiling and illuminating with peace and kindness, lord…please forgive their sins and let them enter Heaven!