Police have identified a woman who was killed when the rideshare vehicle she was traveling in was hit from behind and burst into flames on the Stevenson Expressway Sunday morning.
The victim, 23-year-old Jamie Poulos of Berwyn, was riding in the backseat of the vehicle when it was hit, and was unable to escape when the car was engulfed in flames, police say.
According to police, a white Infiniti sedan, driven by a 22-year-old man of Homer Glen, was traveling southbound on Interstate 55 near Damen when it struck the back of a Hyundai sedan, driven by 47-year-old Shantilal Patel of Schaumburg.
The Hyundai, which was being operated as an Uber ride-share vehicle at the time of the crash, became fully engulfed in flames after the collision. Patel and two of his passengers, 22-year-old Alexandria Kariott and 23-year-old Anastacio Morales were able to get out of the vehicle, and were all listed in stable condition at local hospitals.
Police say that Poulos was unable to get out of the car, and died from her injuries at the scene.
The driver was not injured in the crash, according to investigators, but a passenger in the vehicle, 24-year-old Brianna Woods, was taken to an area hospital in serious condition.
Police closed the roadway for nearly eight hours, re-opening the expressway at approximately 11 a.m. Sunday morning.
The investigation is still ongoing, and further information will be released at a later date, according to authorities.