1 Killed In Eisenhower Crash

UPDATED 01/14/11 1:27 p.m.

ITASCA, Ill. (CBS) — A young woman was killed in a crash early Friday, on the far end of the Eisenhower Expressway in the northwest suburbs.

About 3:30 a.m., Krystyna Kowalewski was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am westbound on I-290 near Irving Park Road when the car rear-ended a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Maria Navarro.

Kowalewski lost control and the car spun out, traveled across the right shoulder and went off the road, where it crashed into a road sign support beam. The car then went through a ditch and struck a tree, Navarro said.

Kowalewski, 22, of Hoffman Estates, was not ejected from the car, but was dead at the scene, Navarro said.

A spokeswoman for the DuPage County Coroner’s Office confirmed the fatality.

Kowalewski was alone in the car and no one from the other vehicle was hurt.

CBS 2’s Don Schwenneker reports firefighters had to use the jaws of life to cut the car out from around the tree.

The cause of the crash was not known, but speeding is likely, Navarro said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Ken Keeton

    I was driving by right when this happened. Hate to see these things that close up, by I new right away it was bad.

    • Gregory J Kowalewski

      Dear Ken Keeton if you would please contact me her father at Ginasscreen @aim.com I would love to hear about what you have seen…Please and Thank You very much Gregory Kowalewski

  • anonymous

    My condolences to her family. I know the other driver in this accident. He called me this morning when this happened and I cant stop thinking about how sad this is. She was so young only 20 years old. I know speeding was invovled in this accident, and as bad and terrible as this was we all need to learn something from this. Its so important to slow down when driving. My thoughts and prayers to her entire family.

  • Denise

    This was a friend of my daughter’s and it’s so sad that her life was ended so soon and so tragically. My condolences go out to her family and may she rest in peace.

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  • jackie

    Where and when is the funeral and wake please let me know jacklyngrooms@gmail.com

  • Gregory Kowalewski

    Krystynas wake and services will be held at Mount Auburn Funeral Home at 4101S. Oak Park Avenue Stickney, Il. 60402 (708)-749-2033

    • Denise

      Can you please let me know when the services will be held? I’m the Mom of one of her friends and she would like to go. Thank you and please accept my deepest condolences. She was a beautiful young woman. So very sorry….

  • Andirea

    God bless you Krystyna rest in peace and my condolences to her friends and family i knew and worked with her and she was a sweet and kind person

  • Taylor

    My prayers go out to you and your family. I had recently met Krystyna at work and she was such a sweet and genuine person. May she rest in peace, and I am so sorry for you and your familys loss.

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