CHICAGO (CBS) — A heartbreaking twist in a deadly hit-and-run crash in the Southwest suburbs.
A father on his way from overseas to visit his son in Westmont, arrives to some horrible news.
CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez has the developing story in unincorporated Willowbrook.
The father had no idea when he got off the plan that his son had been killed overnight in a crash off route 83.
“He didn’t know when he landed,” said cousin, Tony Peter.
Tony Peter had just broken the news to the father of 27-year-old Abin Matthew, that his son was killed overnight, as the father was flying from Dubai to see the family.
“This is such a terrible turn of events,” he said. “I am still processing all of it.”
26-year-old Abin Mathew of Westmont was killed and four others were injured in a hit-and-run crash late Wednesday in unincorporated southwest suburban Willowbrook.
As friends gathered outside the family’s Westmont apartment, two Catholic priests arrived to console family members.
“He was an amazing, kind person,” Peter said.
Matthew was a passenger in a silver Nissan traveling southbound on Route 83 before midnight, when another vehicle pulled out from Mockingbird Lane and the two vehicles collided, according to a statement from the DuPage County sheriff’s office. Skids marks and debris are still at the scene, where witnesses said the Nissan flipped and struck a tree, pinning Matthew underneath.
Mathew was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the DuPage County coroner’s office. He suffered blunt force injuries.
The suspect in the hit-and-run crash has been identified as Marlon K. Myles, 19, of Willowbrook. Police say he caused the accident and then fled the scene of the crash.
Myles is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday, the DuPage Sheriff’s Department says.
Four other men from the Nissan — ages 24, 25, 25 and 28 — were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, according to the sheriff’s office. The men were all friends, Sgt. Bob Harris said.