Women Burned Alive in Crash

Cops are investigating as a hit and run

By Kim Vatis
|  Friday, Jul 30, 2010  |  Updated 10:10 AM CDT
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Car exploded on impact.

Car exploded on impact.

Three women died this morning in a fiery car crash on the Southwest Side, and helpless witnesses watched them burn alive.

The four door Chevrolet Monte Carlo rammed into a light pole in the Brighton Park neighborhood and exploded on impact.  A few bystanders who saw the crash rushed to the car, broke a window and tried to rescue the burning women. But the flames were so hot they couldn't complete the extraction. 

"It was too late, the lady we seen her moving, it was too late. Her whole left side started burning," said witness George Geuvara. 

Another bystander feared for the lives of witnesses.  

"The car engulfed so quickly upon impact I was in fear of everyone gathering around," said witness Patricia Blacina. "The car may have blew up then it would have been a bigger massacre going on."

Police say the another vehicle may have been chasing the crashed car before the accident. The crash is being investigated as a possible hit and run. 

Cook County Medical Examiner confirmed all three victims were women but wouldn't release their identities.

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