Driver killed in rear-end crash on Dan Ryan Expressway

A driver was killed in a rear-end crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway Wednesday morning. 

Illinois State Police responded to northbound I-94 at 95th Street around 12:27 a.m. for a three-vehicle crash. 

Lataya Lyons, 20, of Gary, Indiana, was killed after her Nissan Altima was rear-ended, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. 

Lyons and another driver slowed down for a separate crash in front of them.

Jennifer Fortson, 49, of Homewood, failed to slow down in time to avoid the crash and struck the Altima with her Ford Escape. 


The impact pushed Lyon's Altima into a 71-year-old woman's SUV. The driver of the SUV was uninjured. 

Lyon's car then spun out and struck the left concrete median. She was transported to an area hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.

Fortson was transported to an area hospital with injuries. She was also cited for driving too fast for conditions. 

I-94 northbound was shut down for investigation, but was reopened a few hours later.