Man Dead After Car Crashes Into Lake Michigan

Steve Miller
April 20, 2018 - 5:51 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A man died after crashing a car into Lake Michigan just off Navy Pier Friday evening.

The car was seen “barreling out” of a parking garage on the pier before hitting the water on the north side of the tourism venue, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. The vehicle traveled at least 75 feet before it submerged, officials said.

“We were sitting down towards the end of the pier, and I just saw a car going off the pier, into the water,” Marol Hotchkin, a tourist from South Carolina, told WBBM Newsradio at the scene. “You could see like skid marks. The people that were there said it was total acceleration the whole time. There wasn’t anybody putting on the brakes or anything like that.”

Firefighters and marine units swarmed the pier around 5:30 p.m. in hopes of reaching the car and the person inside. Visibility underwater was nil. Around 6:20 p.m., fire officials tweeted the victim was out of the water and paramedics were attempting to resuscitate him.

He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The Chicago Police Department later Friday said the man was pronounced dead.