2 killed after driver suffers medical emergency, vehicle plows into Midlothian building


MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. – Authorities say two people are dead after the vehicle driven by an elderly man experiencing a medical emergency crashed into a south suburban restaurant Wednesday afternoon.

SkyCam 9 flew over the scene.

Authorities say the incident occurred just before 1 p.m. at the Midlothian Shopping Plaza. According to Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney, the older adult was driving in the shopping plaza lot at 144th and Pulaski, near the Secretary of State building, when he became ill. What Delaney described as a ‘medical event’ caused the driver to accelerate his vehicle and strike two elderly pedestrians.

The man’s vehicle also struck several parked cars before crashing into the Jam Rock restaurant. 

Paramedics rushed all three elderly patients to Christ Hospital in critical condition. A Cook County representative says a man and woman succumbed to their injuries.

Authorities identified the victims as Thomas Coyne, 80, of Oak Lawn and Kathleen Coyne, 75, of Hometown. The South Suburban Accident Reconstruction Team is working with Midlothian police on the investigation.

Nearby worker Kristy Barber said she heard the accident.

“I literally felt it,” Barber said. “I was shaken up. I was definitely shaken up.”

Christoper Bartolini also heard the crash.

“One of my employees actually was all excited yelling about an accident out in the parking lot and I wandered out the front door and there were people. A lot of chaos, people running around,” Bartolini said.

Bartolini revealed that he tried to help but a large crowd had already formed.

“Innocent bystanders were already helping out doing CPR, doing what they could,” Bartolini said. “I went to call 911 but I already heard sirens. Midlothian responded very quickly.”

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