Omar Orozco was driving from Chicago to his home in northwest Indiana early Saturday when he saw three kids speeding through the southbound lanes of traffic in off-road vehicles.
Just after midnight, Orozco saw the kids driving two off-road vehicles near the 59th Street exit and took a cellphone video that he later uploaded to his Instagram and YouTube accounts.
“I was just driving back home and I saw the two go-karts, and I thought this wasn’t normal,” Orozco told the Sun-Times. “So I sped up to see what was going on because there were cars swerving to avoid hitting them.”
“People were almost crashing into them,” he added.
Orozco said the kids looked like they were around 10 years old and appeared to be driving Polaris off-road vehicles with their lights turned off. In Orozco’s video, he tried to talk to the kids as they traveled down the expressway.
“What are you doing, man?” He asks one of the children in the video. “Oh s***, he’s about to crash, bro.”
Orozco said the kids told him they were going home.
On Saturday, an Illinois State Police spokesman said a trooper responded about midnight to a call of children driving vehicle in the area.
But by the time the trooper showed, the kids were already gone, the spokesman said.
State law prohibits these types of vehicles from being driven on the highway.