Teen Dead, 5 Hurt In Rogers Park Crash

Updated 01/22/11 – 12:10 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) – A teenage girl was killed early Saturday when a speeding SUV she was riding in blew a stop sign and hit a car in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

Five other people, including the driver of the SUV, were injured in the wreck.

The crash happened at about 2 a.m. in the 6700 block of North Artesian Avenue, police said. Rogers Park District police Lt. Donald Holmen said the SUV was going north on Artesian Avenue when it struck another vehicle that was going west on North Shore.

A passenger in the SUV — Bahra Echmail, 17, of the 5700 block of North Washtenaw Avenue — was pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m. at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, officials said.

A 20-year-old man, whose birthday is Saturday, was behind the wheel of the 2003 Ford Explorer SUV and apparently was speeding and failed to stop at a stop sign, police said. The SUV hit a 1997 Nissan Maxima driven by a 23-year-old man.

After the collision, the SUV continued north and hit two parked cars, a 1994 4-door Chevrolet and a 1994 Toyota Camry. The SUV came to rest after jumping the curb and hitting a tree on the west side of Artesian Avenue, Mirabelli said.

The occupants of the SUV had to be extricated, including the girl who died, Holmen said.

The lone occupant of the Maxima was not hospitalized but five survivors in the SUV were.

The 20-year-old driver and a 16-year-old girl were both taken in critical condition to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, while a 17-year-old male was in “guarded” or serious to critical condition, also at Saint Francis, Mirabelli said.

Two 15-year-old girls were in “stable” condition, one at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and the other at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, the officer said.

Initially after the crash, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Will Knight said six people were taken to area hospitals in serious-to-critical condition — three to Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge, two to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston and one to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Knight said.

An EMS Plan I — which automatically sends five ambulances to the scene — was called as emergency officials responded to the wreck, he said.
The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • Amber Monique

    I love you bahra

  • Ashley Icho

    rest in peace bahra, i love you !
    you will never be forgotten <3

  • Darci thalhammer

    Man bahra u will never be forgotten… U will always be in our hearts we miss u already…

  • Charlie Smooky Jones

    I love & miss you Bahra!!!!

  • Ata Awrahem

    LOVE and Miss Bahra she didnt deserv to die RIP

  • attraa

    Bahra u will never be forgotten!! we love and miss u !! <3

  • SpellingIzHawrd

    My condolences to all that have suffered a lost… but, and I mean no disrespect…

    Why was a car full of underage kids out at 2am, with a 20 yr old guy, blowing through stop signs?

    • Jasmina

      It’s the weekend in chicago, most kids (underage or not) want to drink. Plus, it doesn’t matter why she was in a car filled with underage people, what matters is she died.

      Rest in peace Bahra.

    • nataliya

      everybody was drunk in the car

  • Sarah Safar

    R.I.P and u will never be forgotten:[

  • love you:(

    Rest in paradise Bahra! :( <3
    Ull always be rememberred in our hearts!

    Nd Please get well soon berola And sabina!
    We love you beautiful girls!

  • daniela

    rest in paradise Bahra, you will never be forgotten.
    you were the best and should’ve never died, God needed you though and from above you will definitely watch over us.

  • bill

    Its just kids making bad choices, if everyone just made the right choice not to drink especially to the 20 year old who’s supposed to be an example. But to bad he’s spending the rest of his life in jail. I hope everyone that survived gets better and learns from this experience. and my condolences to the lost one and her family :(

  • Eva Peroulas

    Rest In Peace my sweet Bahra Echmail……taken away from my daughter and all your friends so early in life. I just spend hours with your sister…I had to tell her that you are OK. She is so worried about you. Please look after your little sister Berola while she is in ICU and help her recover. We miss you.

    • gelina

      berola doesnt know about her sisters passing?

      • Bahra we miss you:/

        Shes still recovering. Physically and mentally she will not be able to handle this yet. We all have to be there for her.

  • kamal

    I am sorry about the lost of very young and intelligent girl, when she was living with us like my doughter , I used to tell bahra you want to spend all your word fast, calm down bahra and she smiles… My God Jesus will make you rest in peace and Bless the one that still alive,this is an example teaching us to be extra carful for having fun.

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  • kenneth

    r.i.p bahra we love u

  • Christina David

    Rest in peace! You will always be remembered. You’re God’s chosen angel <3 I love you.

  • Lejla

    Bahra will nevrr be forgotten . May u rest in peace baby girl ;) u will be missed greatly by ur family and friends . Just lioe someone up there said berola doesnt noe .. Just please look down at her while she is recovering . Its sad that u had to go like this we all loved u and u didnt deserve this. R.i.p honeyy <33

  • mariam KELAZER

    bahra ilove u so much R.I.P i will miss u and i will never forget u

  • Javier Cardona

    I ain’t know you all that well, but rest in peace Bahra. Vaya con Dios.

  • Sohaila

    I am also wondering why a car full of drunken teenagers was speeding through the city at 2 am. Thank god they didn’t kill anyone outside the car like the other driver or a pedestrian. It is incredibly irresponsible of these kids. This didn’t just ‘happen’ to them. They made some very selfish immature choices and I hope someone learns from this.

  • carmelo disalvo

    bahra i will miss you every time i go to school and see that you are not there RIP hun

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