Parents killed in Robbins rollover crash, their 3 children hospitalized

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ROBBINS Ill. — Two people were killed in a rollover crash involving three vehicles in Robbins.

Robbins Police Chief Mitchell Davis said it appears drivers of a Buick and a Nissan were drag racing when they collided with a minivan carrying a family of five.

The driver of the minivan, Cherise Jones, 42, and her husband Less Jones, 59, were killed.

Their three children, an 8-year-old girl and boys ages 4 and 7 were injured but survived the crash.

The children are currently being treated at a Christ Hospital.

The Buick and the Nissan were speeding and plowed through the intersection at 137th and Central Park, according to authorities. The deeply religious Jones family was returning from a church picnic and prayer service when they were hit.

"There were no skid marks from the vehicles that were supposedly racing, so that means that the minivan took the full force," said Police Chief Mitchell Davis.

The violent collision scattered debris on the street.

The drivers of the Buick and the Nissan may have been drinking, according to police.

Both of the parents and all of the children were wearing seat belts, and police said that likely saved their lives.

The mayor of the village said the community will support the orphaned children.

The Cook County Sheriff is helping with accident reconstruction and crime scene investigation.

Both drivers were allegedly injured as well. One has already been treated, released and arrested. The other is still hospitalized, but expected to be charged soon.

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