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Three dead in Prospect Heights crash

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  • Prospect Heights police Cpl. Robert Grady inspects the scene of an accident where three teenagers died early Saturday. A fourth teen was hospitalized after the one-car accident on the 100 block of Camp McDonald Road in Prospect Heights.

       Prospect Heights police Cpl. Robert Grady inspects the scene of an accident where three teenagers died early Saturday. A fourth teen was hospitalized after the one-car accident on the 100 block of Camp McDonald Road in Prospect Heights.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Three teenagers died early Saturday and a fourth was hospitalized after a car hit a tree on the 100 block of Camp McDonald Road in Prospect Heights. The car split in two parts and ejected some of the occupants.

      Three teenagers died early Saturday and a fourth was hospitalized after a car hit a tree on the 100 block of Camp McDonald Road in Prospect Heights. The car split in two parts and ejected some of the occupants.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The vehicle traveling east entered this Prospect Heights yard and hit this tree, and then split in two, killing three teens and injuring a fourth.

      The vehicle traveling east entered this Prospect Heights yard and hit this tree, and then split in two, killing three teens and injuring a fourth.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Ashley Dallas, 27, said her 12-year-old cousin, Rachael Rowe, awoke to the sounds of the fatal crash Saturday morning in Prospect Heights.

      Ashley Dallas, 27, said her 12-year-old cousin, Rachael Rowe, awoke to the sounds of the fatal crash Saturday morning in Prospect Heights.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Part of the car sits in the flower bed of the home where three teens died early Saturday in Prospect Heights

      Part of the car sits in the flower bed of the home where three teens died early Saturday in Prospect Heights
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The vehicle traveling east entered a yard on Camp McDonald Road in Prospect Heights and hit this tree, then split in two parts. Three teens are dead, a fourth is in the hospital.

      The vehicle traveling east entered a yard on Camp McDonald Road in Prospect Heights and hit this tree, then split in two parts. Three teens are dead, a fourth is in the hospital.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Prospect Heights Police Cmdr. Eric Lundt talks about the crash that killed three teens Saturday morning across the street from the police station.

      Prospect Heights Police Cmdr. Eric Lundt talks about the crash that killed three teens Saturday morning across the street from the police station.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Police officers work the accident site where three teenagers died early Saturday and a fourth was injured, on Camp McDonald Road in Prospect Heights.

      Police officers work the accident site where three teenagers died early Saturday and a fourth was injured, on Camp McDonald Road in Prospect Heights.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Police officers work the accident site where three teens died early Saturday in Prospect Heights.

      Police officers work the accident site where three teens died early Saturday in Prospect Heights.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Scott Nielsen was at home when he heard what he says sounded like a bomb going off. Nielsen found the crash scene in the front yard of his Prospect Heights home.

      Scott Nielsen was at home when he heard what he says sounded like a bomb going off. Nielsen found the crash scene in the front yard of his Prospect Heights home.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Prospect Heights Police Cmdr. Eric Lundt lifts the police tape for Scott Nielsen and his daughter Laura, 15, to talk to the media Saturday morning.

      Prospect Heights Police Cmdr. Eric Lundt lifts the police tape for Scott Nielsen and his daughter Laura, 15, to talk to the media Saturday morning.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Ashley Dallas, 27, said her 12-year-old cousin, Rachael Rowe, "thought she heard laughing. I had to explain to her that it was screaming."

      Ashley Dallas, 27, said her 12-year-old cousin, Rachael Rowe, "thought she heard laughing. I had to explain to her that it was screaming."
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • "I was sleeping and I heard a giant boom and I was really scared," said 12-year-old Rachael Rowe, who lives across the street from where the car crashed in Prospect Heights.

      "I was sleeping and I heard a giant boom and I was really scared," said 12-year-old Rachael Rowe, who lives across the street from where the car crashed in Prospect Heights.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

Three teens died and one was injured Saturday when the stolen car they were in hit two trees and broke into pieces in Prospect Heights, startling neighbors who awoke to the gruesome scene.

Prospect Heights police said an investigation was continuing into the deaths of a male from Mount Prospect and two females from Arlington Heights, all 16. One of the females was the driver.

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The surviving male, a 17-year-old from Mount Prospect, was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. He is expected to live, but his condition was not made public.

After some difficulty determining who the victims were, Prospect Heights Police Cmdr. Eric Lundt said, all four had been tentatively identified, but names were not released pending notification of families.

"As a father, I find this very upsetting, and as a police officer very frustrating because no one called to say that they have missing children," Lundt said.

The bodies of the three are expected to be autopsied today by the Cook County medical examiner's office. A toxicology report likely could take up to 10 weeks, Lundt said.

Police said the 2002 Honda Accord that crashed was reported stolen from a Mount Prospect homeowner Saturday morning. Mount Prospect police could not say whether the surviving teen would be charged in relation to the stolen vehicle until the investigation is completed.

The crash happened just across the street from the Prospect Heights police station. One Mount Prospect officer at the scene said it was one of the most gruesome he had seen in his career.

The Accord ended up in Scott Nielsen's front lawn, pieces scattered far and wide. Part of the car bent a flagpole, which was still flying an MIA flag in honor of Nielsen's father.

Nielsen said he awoke to the sound of the crash, then came outside and saw the bodies of three teens on the lawn and another teen inside what was left of the vehicle.

"It sounded like a bomb went off," Nielsen said. "And then I saw this car that almost went into our house. We were very lucky that the tree was there."

After 19 years in Prospect Heights, Nielsen said he's never heard of anything so gruesome happening in the area, let alone on his front yard. He also wasn't aware of any local events or parties that may have kept the teens out so late.

Nielsen's 15-year-old daughter, Laura, said she, too, woke up with the sound of the crash and looked outside.

"I didn't know what to think, but I was hoping that everyone was OK."

Twelve-year-old Rachael Rowe, who lives across the street, said, "I was sleeping and I heard a giant boom, and I was really scared. I woke up this morning and saw the car split in two, and it really scared me."

Rachael's cousin, 27-year-old Ashley Dallas, said Rachael at first thought she heard laughter outside. But Dallas said she had to explain that that was screaming, not laughter.

• Daily Herald photographer Brian Hill and staff writer Marie Wilson contributed to this report.

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