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Elderly man's medical episode may have caused deadly crash, say police

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Police said one man died when he veered across three lanes of traffic and slammed his vehicle into a tree on the city's South Side on Friday morning.

According to witnesses, an elderly man was driving in the westbound lanes of Southwest Military Drive when he veered across three lanes of traffic at a very high rate of speed and hit a tree.

He was trapped inside the vehicle and firefighters cut off the roof to get him out, but he died at the scene.

Investigators said he may have suffered a medical episode and there was no evidence that he applied the brakes. The victim was described as a man in his 70s. No other information was provided.

No one else was hurt.


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