9-year-old girl killed in apparent DUI crash in Aurora

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AURORA, Ill. --  Aurora police are investigating a possible drunk driving accident that claimed the life of a young girl.

Just after 9 p.m. Friday, a woman was driving a minivan with her 9-year-old daughter in the passenger seat down a busy stretch of Broadway Ave.

Police say a 25-year-old man was driving a Cadillac Deville south when he crossed over into oncoming traffic, drifting into the northbound lane and into the path of the family`s minivan.

The mother tried to swerve out of the way of the apparent drunk driver, but he crashed into the passenger side where her daughter was sitting. The minivan eventually slammed into the side of a building, coming to a stop. The 9-year-old girl was killed, and two others were injured.

The suspect ran from the scene but was arrested a few blocks away near the High Street Bridge.

The girl was rushed to Mercy Medical Center in Aurora and pronounced dead about a half an hour later. The victim`s 40-year-old mother refused medical treatment. Two other girls from Batavia were also in the minivan, and were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Both the Cadillac and the minivan sustained substantial damage. An accident reconstruction team was on the scene attempting to figure out exactly how the accident occurred Saturday.

Aurora Police believe that alcohol may have been a factor and charges could be forthcoming against the driver of the Cadillac.