Crash Rips Car in 2, Killing 4 Young Women

Car hit 'L' track support, then light pole

Monday, May 14, 2012  |  Updated 10:42 AM CDT
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Ieshia Nelson, Tyshyra Hines, and Bernadette Harris died in a crash Saturday night after their car slammed into a support beam for 'L' tracks in the Austin neighborhood.

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Fatal Crash Rips Car in Two

Four women die in a violent crash in the Austin neighborhood, which ripped their car in two.
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Four young mothers were killed in a car crash on the West Side on Mother's Day morning.

Images from the scene showed the car ripped in two and mangled into a heap of metal unrecognizable as a car.

The crash happened in the 4800 block of West Lake Street just after midnight. The speeding car slammed into a support beam for the Green Line 'L' tracks, then hit a light pole, which cut the car in two.

Four women in their 20s were inside. Three died at the scene. A fourth woman, Leshia Nelson, 21, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:48 a.m.

Family identified two of the other victims as 21-year-old Tyshyra Hines, and 25-year-old Bernadette Harris, the Tribune reported.

The CPD Major Accident Unit is investigating.

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