WESTERN SPRINGS, Ill. (WLS) — The man killed in a Thursday afternoon crash in Western Springs involving six vehicles has been identified.
Joseph P. Mankiewicz, 44, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, Western Springs police said Friday.
The incident happened shortly after 4:10 p.m. on Ogden Avenue between Harvey and Clausen avenues, police said.
When officers arrived, they found six vehicles involved. Three adults were taken to area hospitals, two were in serious condition and one remained stable.
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Mankiewicz was driving an Audi A7, police said. His best friends returned to the scene of the accident near Nazareth Academy, which they attended, to lay flowers for the man they knew as “Joey”.
“I had literally just had dinner with him the night before,” his friend Homero Villareal said, fighting back tears. “Less than 24 hours, we are there.”
Police said they are still investigating the cause of the accident and have not provided any further information on what may have led to it.
Chopper 7HD was above the scene following Thursday afternoon’s incident.
The badly mangled vehicles were scattered across four lanes of Ogden Avenue in varying states of extreme damage.
“Someone was driving past another car and cut the van off and sent it spinning in circles, and it started a chain reaction,” said Jim Sikora, who lives near the scene of the crash.
The man inside the van was accompanied by his young son. Too shaken to speak on camera, the pickup driver said it was the scariest thing he had ever experienced. It happened too quickly, he says, to even know what started.
The stretch of road has no turning lanes and neighbors said it was constantly plagued by speeding tickets.
“Someone must have gone really fast, and it doesn’t make sense how the cars rolled up,” said Brian Clark, who lives nearby.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Western Springs Police Department Detective Division at 708-246-1800.
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