Three men are dead and a fourth is seriously injured after a driver struck them at a high speed in front of one of Chicago’s longest-running LGBTQ bars on Sunday morning. A horrifying video appears to show the driver turning to intentionally strike the victims in the 7000 block of South Jeffery Boulevard in the South Shore neighborhood.
The Cook County medical examiner has identified the victims as Devonta K. Vivetter, 27, Donald Huey, 25, and Jaylen Ausley, 23.
“A very unfortunate tragic event occurred early this morning after closing,” said a Sunday morning post on the Jeffery Pub’s Facebook page. “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. And to those that lost a loved one or friend we stand with you.”
Videos from the scene show a group of people apparently fighting in the middle of Jeffery Boulevard. A car speeds down the wrong side of the road, then appears to steer slightly to avoid one group of people before plowing into the second group. The driver did not stop.
Please be warned that the following video is graphic if you decide to watch it.
Warning: Graphic video.— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) August 14, 2022
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
Apparently the car responsible has been found and recovered. pic.twitter.com/jhWYmDHO6C— ChiWx378 (@WeatherIzzi) August 14, 2022
A second graphic video, recorded by a car’s dash camera just steps from the crash, was posted online.
Chicago police confirmed that three men died and a fourth was injured by the car around 5 a.m. CPD said the victims’ ages were not known and the crash is under investigation.
“We always encourage everyone to leave and go to your vehicles right away to make it home safe. And tonight this happened,” the bar’s post said. The bar closes at 5 a.m. on Sunday mornings.