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Driver, 23, Killed In Crash; Dempster Was Closed For Hours

The driver, who was in a black Mustang, crashed into a tree and the car split in half.

A car split in half after crashing into a tree on Dempster in Skokie. Photo: Stan Golovchuk, Patch.com.
A car split in half after crashing into a tree on Dempster in Skokie. Photo: Stan Golovchuk, Patch.com.
Update:

Skokie police have said John Khosho is the name of the driver who died in the crash.

Original story: 

A 23-year-old Chicago man was killed when his car, a dark-colored sedan, hit a tree as he was driving along Dempster street in Skokie late Thursday morning.

Skokie police are not releasing his name until his relatives are notified.

Earlier: Car Split In Half After Dempster Accident

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The Skokie Police Department released the following statement:

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 11:05 a.m. Skokie Police Officers responded to a traffic crash at 3850 Dempster, Skokie, IL. 

The incident was a single vehicle, single occupant crash resulting in the fatality of the driver.  The vehicle, a black 1996 Ford Mustang coupe, traveling westbound on Dempster St., left the roadway and struck a tree on the parkway in front of 3850 Dempster.  The driver was wearing a seatbelt and the vehicle’s air bag was deployed.

At this time the driver is only being identified as a 23 year old male residing in Chicago.  Further driver information is pending notification of next of kin.  It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol is a contributing factor in this crash. 

The incident is currently being investigated by the North Regional Major Crime Task Force Major Crash Assistance Team, (N.O.R.T.A.F.-M.C.A.T.), and the road is anticipated to be closed for at least the next 4 hours.

Anyone witnessing this accident is encouraged to contact the Skokie Police Investigations unit at (847) 982-5900. 

The Crime Tip Hotline is available for residents to leave non-emergency anonymous information.  The Crime Tip Hotline number is 847/933-TIPS (8477) and is available 24 hours per day.  

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