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ST. JOHN — A Valparaiso man has died from injuries he suffered when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed May 9 during a possible race on U.S. 41, authorities said.

Lucio Faberardino, 22, died Wednesday at Loyola University Medical Center from complications due to multiple injuries suffered in a crash, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Witnesses told police Faberardino appeared to have been involved in a race with the driver of another vehicle May 9, just before he lost control in the northbound lanes of the 10200 block of U.S. 41 in St. John, skidded into southbound lanes and was struck by a van.

Whomever Faberardino was racing left before police arrived at the crash scene, Police Chief James Kveton said.

Faberardino was taken to a local hospital and later flown to Loyola University Medical Center because of the extent of his injuries, police said.

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Police conducted an extensive investigation but so far have not been able to identify the second vehicle involved in the race, Detective Cmdr. Steve Flores said.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or its driver is asked to call Flores at 219-365-6035.

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