Man killed in West Town crash

CHICAGO -- A 58-year-old man was killed in an accident in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood Saturday afternoon.

Witnesses say it started with either a drag race or a chase, and ended in a violent crash.

According to police, alcohol was a factor.

"My friend was driving and we were coming down Ashland and we turned right on Hubbard. The guy in the Jeep was coming down Hubbard – it looked like 60 miles per hour," said witness Danielle Johanson.

Witnesses said the Jeep was speeding while being chased by another vehicle west on Hubbard St., and when they came to the intersection of Ashland Ave., they didn’t stop.

"This guy was coming down Hubbard here very fast and blew the stop sign," said witness Johnny Logalbo, who saw the accident from a gas station about a half block away. “I heard like an explosion, and I looked and there was smoke everywhere, and I came right over and it looked like destruction."

The jeep plowed into a Toyota Camry that was traveling north on Ashland Ave. That person was not involved in the apparent chase. The driver of the Camry was the man that was killed.

The driver of the Jeep, a 19-year-old man, and his two passengers suffered minor injuries.

That 19-year-old man is in custody.

Charges were pending as of Sunday morning.