Two people were killed after a car crashed into a parked semi-truck in the South Deering neighborhood. (Captured News)
Sunday, May 28, 2017 08:11PM
CHICAGO, IL (WLS) -- Two women were killed in a crash early Sunday in the South Deering neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said.
The two women, both 26 years old, were in a car traveling south about 4:45 a.m. in the 10300 block of South Commercial Avenue when it crashed into the back of a parked semi-truck, according to Chicago Police. Prior to the crash, on Saturday they both went to a friend's going-away party.
Abril Delapaz, of the East Side neighborhood, and Brisa Delapaz-Carvajal, of the Hegewisch neighborhood, were both pronounced dead at 5 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.
The Facebook pages of the Brisa Delapaz provides statements by her such as "going for drinks", etc. Also, the evidence shows that the South Commercial Avenue is a very wide street, with ample space to drive by the parked vehicles. Yet she end-up crashing at the back of the parked trailer. Speed could also be a factor, judging from how deep the Neon lodged into the parked trailer. These were young women and medical condition could not be the cause of the crash. But we are still waiting for the explanation from the medical examiner.
It is our opinion that since they were coming from a party and they posted messages about drinking, the driver was most likely under the influence. This area was close to their home, so, they were familiar with the street conditions.
Do not drink and drive. That is the moral of the story. Otherwise, all your life is gone in a moment.
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
For most of lives, fraternal twins Abril and Brisa Delapaz were inseparable, according to relatives.
Last year, the 26-year-old sisters had gone on their first trip to Europe. A little more than a week ago, they had just participated in a 5K run in Chicago. And, naturally, on Saturday they both went to a friend's going-away party.
Police said it was about 4:45 p.m. when their Dodge Neon crashed into the back of a parked semi truck in the 10300 block of South Commercial Avenue in the city's South Deering neighborhood.
Brisa had been driving south toward the Hegewisch neighborhood. They were almost home.
"You could never have one without the other," said their brother Pablo Delapaz, 27, Sunday evening.
Delapaz said. "It’s just crazy. They came into this world together and went out together."
Only two weeks earlier, Abril Delapaz had graduated from Roosevelt University where she was studying biochemistry, Delapaz said. She had just started a medical internship at Rush University Medical Center.
"It was great," Pablo Delapaz said. "She was the first one in the family to go that far. She went to the extreme because she really wanted to make a difference."
Brisa also had attended Southern Illinois University in an effort to start a career in zoology.
Even though the sisters were attached at the hip, they each were remembered for own personality.
"Abril loved music. She was always dancing. Brisa was a goof. If anything happened, she would roll with it."
"They were always crazy, but they were also thoughtful," he added. "Both were a godsend to the family."
The sisters were the centerpiece of a tight-knit family who lived together in their home in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the city's Far South Side.
"Our mom is so distraught," Delapaz said. "When our father heard, he just broke down."Funeral services are pending
The Facebook pages of the Brisa Delapaz provides statements by her such as "going for drinks", etc. Do not drink and drive. That is the moral of the story. Otherwise, all your life is gone in a moment.
Twins driving home from going-away party die in car crash
By Jackie Salo
May 30, 2017 | 6:24pm
Twin sisters who relatives described as inseparable were killed in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend driving home from a friend’s going-away party.
Brisa Delapaz was behind the wheel early Sunday morning when she and her twin, Abril Delapaz, died crashing their Dodge Neon into the back of parked semi-truck, the Chicago Tribune reported. Around 15 minutes later, the 26-year-old sisters were pronounced dead, officials said. Modal TriggerTwins Abril Delapaz and Brisa DelapazGoFundMe
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
“It’s just crazy. They came into this world together and went out together,” their brother Pablo Delapaz told the Chicago Tribune.
Only two weeks before the fatal crash, Abril had graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a degree in biochemistry. Her fraternal twin, Brisa, had been taking classes at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in hopes of pursuing a career in zoology. Grieving relatives remembered the sisters who grew up on the city’s Far South Side as “special girls.