4 Dead, 1 Injured After Crash in Bridgeview

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    Four people are dead and another injured in a crash in Bridgeview. Witnesses said a black Camera was street racing with another car when it crashed into a pickup truck. Lauren Jiggetts reports. (Published Saturday, Jul 5, 2014)

    Four people were killed and one person injured in a crash in southwest suburban Bridgeview Friday afternoon.

    The crash took place around 5:30 p.m. in the 8200 block of South Harlem Avenue, according to Bridgeview police and fire officials.

    A 2010 Camaro, driven by 21-year-old Aiman Salen, was traveling northbound on Harlem Avenue when the vehicle collided head-on with a Dakota pickup truck traveling southbound, police said, citing preliminary information.

    Four people were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

    Salem, of Worth, and a passenger in the Camaro, identified as Alaa Mustafa Alkhatib, 24, of Palos Hills, were killed in the crash. 

    The driver of the pickup, Hector Gonzalez, 48, of Chicago, and passenger Maria Gonzalez, 52, of Chicago were also both pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police said a juvenile passenger in the pickup was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

    Witnesses said it appeared the Camaro was racing on the street. Police, however, could not confirm details on what caused the crash.

    "It didn't have to happen," said witness Lorie Heklowski.  "It's sad that the white pickup and their family are suffering because somebody chose to, you know, race drag down the street."

    Heklowski said witnesses found the young survivor alive in the truck after the crash and cut him out of his seatbelt.

    "I was by [the witnesses], talking to [the boy], trying to tell him to stay calm, stay down because he kept trying to get up," she said.

    Police said the crash remains under investigation.