From staff reports
A 5-year-old girl from Orland Park was killed last week in an accident at 151st Street and Harlem Avenue in Orland Park.
Evelyn Thomas died of injuries suffered Jan. 23 when two cars collided at the three-way intersection, according to a release from the Orland Fire Protection District. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled her death an accident.
Fire officials said that both vehicles were large passenger SUVs. One was being driven southbound on Harlem Avenue by a father and his two teenage daughters, and the other was driven by a father and his two young daughters.
According to reports, the SUV heading south on Harlem hit the side of an SUV carrying Thomas that was trying to turn left onto 151st Street around 9:30 p.m. The impact sent the SUV into a snowplow that was stopped at the intersection.
The door of the vehicle that was turning was torn off. Firefighters at the scene reported that the vehicle that had been struck also had a small fire as a result of the accident that was quickly extinguished.
Paramedics said the damage was extensive to both vehicles.
Evelyn was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after paramedics tried for more than 40 minutes to revive her. Evelyn’s father and 6-year-old sister, Sylvi, were also taken to Christ where they were initially treated and transferred to another hospital for specialized medical care. The driver of the other SUV also suffered minor injuries.
Sylvi was sent home from the hospital on Monday.
All passengers were wearing seat belts and the young girls were properly belted in booster seats at the time of the accident, a spokesman for the Orland Fire District said.
The driver of the snowplow and a third vehicle stopped to help until paramedics arrived.
Both northbound and southbound traffic on Harlem had yellow lights at the time of the crash, which is now under investigation by the Orland Park Police Department’s traffic unit.
Witnesses said there were snowy conditions at the time of the crash.
A Go Fund Me page to help the family with funeral and medical expenses had raised more than $10,000 as of Tuesday.
The campaign has raised $10,360 since being established on Sunday.
To make a donation, visit Funeral & Medical Expenses for Sylvi & Evie Thomas at GoFundMe.com.