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Driver, 23, Killed In Crash; Dempster Closed For Hours Thursday

Only one car, which crashed into a tree, was involved in the accident. The road will be closed through evening rush hour Thursday.

A car split in half after crashing into a tree on Dempster in Skokie. Photo: Stan Golovchuk, Patch.com.
A car split in half after crashing into a tree on Dempster in Skokie. Photo: Stan Golovchuk, Patch.com.

Update: 

Skokie police have said John Khosho is the name of the driver who died in the crash.

Original story: 

A 23-year-old Chicago man was killed when his car, a dark-colored sedan, hit a tree as he was driving along Dempster street late Thursday morning.

Skokie police are not releasing his name until his relatives are notified.

Earlier: Car Split In Half After Dempster Accident

The Skokie Police Department released the following statement:

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 11:05 a.m. Skokie Police Officers responded to a traffic crash at 3850 Dempster, Skokie, IL. 

The incident was a single vehicle, single occupant crash resulting in the fatality of the driver.  The vehicle, a black 1996 Ford Mustang coupe, traveling westbound on Dempster St., left the roadway and struck a tree on the parkway in front of 3850 Dempster.  The driver was wearing a seatbelt and the vehicle’s air bag was deployed.

At this time the driver is only being identified as a 23 year old male residing in Chicago.  Further driver information is pending notification of next of kin.  It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol is a contributing factor in this crash. 

The incident is currently being investigated by the North Regional Major Crime Task Force Major Crash Assistance Team, (N.O.R.T.A.F.-M.C.A.T.), and the road is anticipated to be closed for at least the next 4 hours.

Anyone witnessing this accident is encouraged to contact the Skokie Police Investigations unit at (847) 982-5900. 

The Crime Tip Hotline is available for residents to leave non-emergency anonymous information.  The Crime Tip Hotline number is 847/933-TIPS (8477) and is available 24 hours per day.  


jewels December 05, 2013 at 04:36 PM
How do you know he was drag racing? Were you there?
Amkor December 05, 2013 at 04:41 PM
A massive car like a Mustang that ends up torn to pieces the way this car did, it could be a bomb, or the result of a very high speed crash. Just plain logic.
Alyssa December 05, 2013 at 05:06 PM
He wasn't drag racing. Someone hit him. Keep your irrelevant comments to yourself. Thanks.
Amkor December 05, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Where you there, Alyssa? This was an extremely powerful impact that could only be the result of high speed. If there was another car involved, that car had been moving at a very high speed, but the result would have been TWO mangled cars, which was not the case in this incident.
Tanish Rodriguez December 05, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Have respect
Tanish Rodriguez December 05, 2013 at 05:17 PM
You weren't there or know the situation
Tanish Rodriguez December 05, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Your ignorant
Tanish Rodriguez December 05, 2013 at 05:19 PM
A family is grieving and you have nothing better to do then to make remarks that are highly offensive
Amkor December 05, 2013 at 05:20 PM
OK, we'll wait for the official report, it won't take too long.
Pam DeFiglio (Editor) December 05, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Dear Readers, We know this is very emotional, but please, let's keep the tone of these comments civil. Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mr. Khosho. Thanks, Pam, Skokie Patch editor.
Danny Yakhnis December 05, 2013 at 10:33 PM
REST IN PARADISE JOHNNY BOY!!! YOU WILL BE MISSED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Liz Gonzalez December 06, 2013 at 12:19 AM
RIP
Farrah Phillips December 06, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Rip my brother in law John you will never be forgotten
kevin doser December 06, 2013 at 02:40 AM
I can't believe you haters. for one, john was not racing. his tie-rod snapped at the ball and cause a fatal malfunction in the rack-and-pinion steering system. he had no way of controlling the spin. so before assuming he was racing, GET YOUR DAMN FACTS STRAIGHT!!! sick of people like you. f****ing pathetic.
Sami Alam December 06, 2013 at 02:58 AM
I love you John Rest in Paradise my brother!
Alexia Soutsos-Abrams December 06, 2013 at 08:35 AM
have some respect people. This could have been your son, nephew, grandson, uncle and friend. Rest in piece John.
Alexia Soutsos-Abrams December 06, 2013 at 08:36 AM
so sorry I forgot brother.
Amkor December 06, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Mr. Doser, I don't know where you got your information from when you claim "a fatal malfunction in the rack-and-pinion steering system," are you working for the "North Regional Major Crime Task Force"? Even if that's what was malfunctioning, it would have NEVER caused such a terrible, deadly crash, had the driver been moving at a normal speed for a busy street. But in general, this is a public board for the Skokie community. Information that's published here deals with what's happening in Skokie. We're not here to send condolences, or any private communication to the deceased driver's family. Nobody knocked on your doors or approached you personally. One of our concerns, as Skokie residents, is the SAFETY of our lives here. With all due respect to this driver's friends and family, OUR SAFETY COMES FIRST.
concerned resident December 06, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Skokie PD just posted a video on FB. Black Mustang flying down the center of the street (turn lane) passing 2 vehicles, then losing it.
Amkor December 06, 2013 at 05:32 PM
The evidence (video) published by the Skokie police this afternoon is clearly showing the reckless, extremely fast, illegal driving of the Mustang, leading to its crash. It's passing a white SUV on the left, while the SUV is already moving on the left lane... Since Dempster has only 2 lanes, that makes the Mustang illegally passing the SUV, probably using the on-coming lanes, endangering on-coming traffic....... Not very safe.
Alyssa December 06, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Why are you so obsessed with this? Instead of continuously commenting on this post why don't you google the term respect because clearly your parents failed at teaching you what that means.
Alexander Magnani December 06, 2013 at 07:33 PM
The white car looks like a 1992-1995 White Honda Civic EX probably a coupe.
jewels December 06, 2013 at 10:16 PM
It looks more like road rage than drag race!
Amkor December 06, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Alyssa, you (and few others here) seem to be a friend or family member of the deceased. If so, this community forum is not the place for you to be. Open Facebook, start a memorial page for your dead friend, express your love and sorrow there. I would not even consider showing my face there, and any comment regarding the reckless driving that caused this terrible crash would be very inappropriate, even offensive there.... But this is a place for Skokie residents, so please allow us to express our anger, especially when looking at the video published this evening. Lucky this crash did not cost the lives of others too. You must respect that we don't like reckless drivers speeding on our busy streets, endangering totally innocent people. Don't ask for sympathy here, this is not the place.
Alyssa December 06, 2013 at 11:25 PM
You're really ignorant.
Alex Matthew December 07, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Firstly, unless there is some sort of credible evidence provided, all of these assumptions about the cause of the accident are purely speculation. That being said, this driver was a person. He was someone's son, maybe someone's brother, and I'm sure someone's good friend. Regardless of the logistics of the accident, I think it absolutely ridiculous at the number of comments regarding the cause of the accident, and the astounding lack there of for the fact that a fellow human being just lost his life. As a majority, have we lost our will to sympathize?
Amkor December 07, 2013 at 12:47 PM
When such a horrific accident happens, especially when on a slow, busy, local street — the first natural reaction is "my God, how could this happen?!" That was the reaction of people in the nearby strip mall I talked to about an hour after the accident. The second reaction was "lucky nobody else got hurt." When it was quite obvious, from the very beginning, that such a car could end up in such a fatal crash, totally mangled and split in two — as a result of a VERY powerful impact — something that any intelligent person would connect with high speed, which in a local busy street can only be labeled as an extremely reckless driving (and the video clearly shows it) — one adds an element of shock and anger to it. This is the place to express it.
Joe Z26 December 08, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Street racing is not a good idea. He almost hit the black suv head on as he was passing the white suv just before the crash. Those two cars were moving quite quickly. An accident at posted speed would not have sheared that car in half like that. R.I.P. and thankfully no others were injured or worse as well.
Vicki December 09, 2013 at 09:50 AM
Condolences to those of you who lost a loved one due to this crash. However, I have to express how very angry I am about this irresponsible behavior. I had just pulled out of the Pita Inn parking lot moments before the crash happened, on my way to pick up my 4 year old from school. I did not see the crash occur but ran into an acquaintance who asked me if I had seen what happened immediately after I pulled onto Dempster. Had this happened a few feet further west and a few moments later, I would have been involved in this crash. Most likely I would have been killed or very badly injured from a vehicle traveling at the speed this car was moving at. Why am I angry? Because driving is not a right, it is a privilege. Did this act of irresponsibility consider anybody else sharing the road? Did this take into account that 2 kids could have been left motherless? Was there any consideration into the pedestrians walking down the street or the vehicle that could have been struck because you went into oncoming traffic? A vehicle can turn into a weapon very quickly. We all need to consider who else is out on the street when we drive irresponsibly. My condolences to friends and loved ones but I have to say, I have been counting my lucky stars since Thursday.
sklogw December 09, 2013 at 03:57 PM
There is a lot of selfishness about!

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