Woman killed, man seriously injured in 4-car Avondale crash

A woman was killed in a four-car crash that also left her husband in critical condition Sunday morning in the Avondale neighborhood on the Northwest Side. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Detectives were questioning a person of interest Sunday night in connection with the Avondale hit-and-run crash that left a woman dead and her husband seriously injured on the Northwest Side.

About 7 a.m. Sunday, a white Jaguar with Illinois license plates of “DO R DI” was westbound on Belmont Avenue when it ran a red light at the intersection of Kedzie Avenue, according to Chicago Police.

The Jaguar hit the passenger side of a Chevrolet that was northbound on Kedzie, sending it spinning into two other cars in oncoming traffic, police said.

The passenger in the Chevrolet, 62-year-old Carmen Maria Vanegas, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she died at 7:39 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Vanegas lived in the 3900 block of West 58th Place.

The 64-year-old man at the wheel of the Chevrolet was taken to the same hospital in serious condition. A police source said he was the woman’s husband.

Three people in the other two cars declined medical attention, fire officials said.

The driver of the Jaguar ran away after the crash, police said. Investigators think alcohol was a factor.

Police said a person of interest was being questioned Sunday night. No charges have been filed.

CPD’s Major Accidents Investigation Unit is handling the case.