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A 4-year-old girl from Hammond died in a car crash that happened on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago. A total of seven children were sent to the hospital, including a 4-month-old who is in critical condition, in the aftermath of the wreck.  

The driver of the vehicle that had the 4-year-old and 4-month-old passengers, as well as two other children, was issued citations for not having the children secured with a seat belt and possessing an open alcohol container. 

At 5:03 p.m. Monday, police responded to a three-vehicle crash on I-94 northbound, north of 35th Street.  

At 4:06 p.m. Friday, 4-year-old Violet Osorio was pronounced dead, according to Cook County medical examiners. The Hammond child died from blunt force head injuries, coroners determined. In addition, a 4-month-old in the same vehicle is in critical condition, according to Illinois State Police reports.

Following the wreck, Osorio was being cared for at Comer Children's Hospital.

There was also a 6-year-old and 2-year-old in the same vehicle, who are both in stable condition. Three children from another vehicle were also transported to the hospital but were in stable condition, according to police. 

Police said a maroon 2001 Chrysler Sedan, which contained three children, was traveling northbound on the I-94 express in the middle left lane when the driver failed to reduce their speed and struck the rear of a white 2010 Ford Sedan, which had Osorio, a 4-month-old, a 6-year-old and 2-year-old inside.  

After being hit, the Ford Sedan veered into the middle right lane and hit a third vehicle on the right driver's side, which contained one adult driver. 

All northbound lanes were closed until 10:30 p.m. that night during the police investigation. 

The driver of the maroon Chrysler Sedan, Sarah Bailey, 29, of Chicago, was issued four citations for failure to reduce speed, following too closely, leaving the scene of the accident and driving while uninsured, according to Illinois State Police. 

The driver of the white Ford Sedan, Marisol Galindo, 27, of Chicago, was issued six citations, including four citations for failing to secure the children in proper child restraints, one citation for possession of an open alcohol container and one citation for driving while uninsured, police said.   


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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.