Updated: Carjacker killed when victim accelerates, slams into L track support beam in the Loop, police say

The crashed vehicle is seen in a video grab via the Citizen App. | Citizen

Chicago — A carjacker was killed in the Loop on Wednesday evening when the victim fought back, accelerated her car, and slammed into a beam that supports the L tracks, Chicago police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the deceased man as 18-year-old Elijah Treadwell of Uptown.

Treadwell and a 16-year-old female accomplice entered an Infiniti FX35 in the 100 block of East Lake and tried to carjack a woman around 5:42 p.m., officials said. A struggle ensued, and the victim’s car accelerated into the L support column near Wabash Avenue, trapping the victim and both offenders inside, police said.

Chicago Fire Department workers extracted everyone and took them to hospitals. Treadwell was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The female and the victim have both been stabilized, according to the fire department.

Chicago Critter posted close-up video of the wreckage as crews were preparing to tow it away:

Editor’s note: This report originally and erroneously said the crash occurred on Thursday.

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