Charges are pending against a driver who hit a tree on Christmas Eve during a suspected alcohol-related crash that killed an 8-year-old passenger.
Lauren Smith, 8, was in the car that crashed in the 1000 block of West Garfield Avenue about 11:15 p.m Tuesday. DNAinfo Chicago reports the driver, a 26-year-old man, was heading west when the car struck a curb and hit a tree.
WGN identified the man as Smith’s father.
Responders found the car rolled over on its side with the roof caved in and worked for 40 minutes trying to free the driver before noticing the child pinned inside the car as well, the Sun-Times reports.
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