Two Teens Die in Car vs. Tree Collision

Four other teens critically injured in crash

In a tragedy that may be attributed to icy roads, two Burbank teens were killed and four others were injured what the car they were in struck a tree in south suburban Worth Monday night.

Driver Arthur Cepulcha and passenger Adam Skora, both 18 years old and from suburban Burbank, were killed in the crash, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Four other people were in the car and were critically injured, according to Worth Fire Chief Gary Swiercz, who said those people were taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood and Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The car, a white four-door, struck a tree on its driver’s side at 6609 W. 107th St., Swiercz said. The vehicle was badly damaged, he said.

“There was not much of a car left,” he said.

All six people had to be extricated from the car, which took about 40 minutes, and crews remained at the scene for about an hour and a half.

Cepulcha was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. and Skora at 10:31 p.m., both at Advocate Christ Medical Center, the medical examiner’s office said.

The Worth police department is investigating, but was not immediately releasing information. Chicago Ridge police also responded to the scene.

Published reports indicate the crash may have been caused by ice on the roadway, but that could not immediately be confirmed. It was not clear whether alcohol or speeding may have been a factor.

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