One killed, four injured in crash on West Side
April 13, 2006 (WLS) -- A teenager was killed and four others were injured in a crash on Chicago's West Side. Police say the car was speeding when it struck a light pole early Thursday morning.
Bonjoul Herndon, 17, was driving the vehicle that crashed at Roosevelt and Campbell around 1 a.m. She was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital. The three passengers in Herndon's car, who range in age from 17- to 21- years old, are hospitalized in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. A 21-year-old remains hospitalized in fair condition at Stroger.
Herndon, who was to turn 18 at the end of the month, got the new car, a Mitsubishi Galant, on Wednesday as an early birthday gift.
"I can't believe my baby's gone. That's all I got," said Brenda Taylor, victim's mother. "She left and was going to the store. I wasn't aware another car was following her."
"I seen two cars coming down the street. One went into the wall and I seen a big steam of smoke; and one went straight," said Clarence Tucks, witness. "Somebody had got killed, all that boom. That's when I seen the car hit the wall, big cloud of smoke came up. Kids in the car," said Clarence Tucks, witness.
Police said the second car was driven by someone Herndon knew. Police insist the cars were not street racing, but say Herndon was speeding. Her parents said Herndon was normally a careful driver.
"(Another) driver trying to coax Bonjoul into going faster caused the crash. My stepdaughter lost control of the car and that is how it happened," said Ronald Ricci, victim's stepfather.
Herndon attended Best Practice High School and hoped to be a nurse. This week she was on spring break
"I want my daughter to follow in my footsteps and you have to be a role model because society is so corrupt. That's all I asked. That's all I asked," said Taylor. "She was going to graduate and she was just doing so good, and the devil just stepped in and took our baby."
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