A hit-and-run crash sent bodies flying — and ultimately left several dead — in Chicago early Sunday morning, and the worst of the incident was captured on a video that had begun circulating on Twitter by later that afternoon.
A tweet from @CWBChicago — which shares public safety information pertaining to the city’s north side — included the graphic video along with the caption, “Warning: Graphic video. 3 dead, 1 injured after a driver appears to intentionally strike a group of men in the street near 71st and Jeffery in #Chicago around 5 a.m. Sunday. Offender remains at large.”
Warning: Graphic video.
3 dead, 1 injured after a driver appears to intentionally strike a group of men in the street near 71st and Jeffery in #Chicago around 5 a.m. Sunday. Offender remains at large. pic.twitter.com/wa2ZNFW1FB
— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) August 14, 2022
The video showed the car barreling toward the group of men, who were reportedly fighting in the street. The vehicle, driving down the wrong side of the road, appeared to swerve to avoid several people before plowing into the group. The car did not slow down as it struck several of them and sent them flying into the street.
A second video, shot from the dash-cam of a nearby vehicle, showed the horrific crash from another angle.
“Dash cam footage of hit & run in the Jackson Park Highlands neighborhood that occurred at about 5 a.m. this morning,” @ChicagoCritter tweeted.
— CHICAGO CRITTER (@ChicagoCritter) August 14, 2022
According to CWB Chicago’s report, the Cook County medical examiner has identified two of the three who were killed as Devonta K. Vivetter, 27, and Donald Huey, 25. The ME’s office has not released the identity of the third victim.
“This happened outside Jeffery Pub, one of the city’s longest-running LGBTQ bars,” the following tweet from @CWBChicago added.
“A very unfortunate tragic event occurred early this morning after closing,” Jeffery Pub posted to its Facebook page on Sunday morning. “A small group of people were in the street and an unidentified vehicle drove past at a very high rate of speed injuring several people and some deceased. Our hearts heavy this morning that such tragic event has occurred. We always encourage everyone to leave and go to your vehicles right away to make it home safe. And tonight this happened. And to those that lost a loved one or friend we stand with you. If anyone has any information to assist in finding out who did this, please contact us immediately and you will remain anonymous.”
“This is still under investigation and our condolences are with the families of those affected. The entire Jeffery Pub is stunned and overwhelmed by this tragedy. So please allow us time to grieve and understand what really happened,” Jeffery Pub owner Jamal Junior told The Windy City Times.
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