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Glenview police release statement on investigation into crash that killed 17-year-old – NBC Chicago

Glenview police released a statement Wednesday after a tragic car crash earlier this week left a 17-year-old Glenbrook South High School student dead and three others hospitalized.

“The Glenview Police Department’s investigation into the fatal accident that occurred late Sunday evening is ongoing,” the statement began. The full statement that follows can be found below:

“The driver of the second vehicle involved in the accident has been receiving medical treatment since Sunday and all those involved in the accident and witnesses are being questioned. As is standard practice in such investigations, we are collecting and analyzing all evidence to help determine the cause of the accident and support possible charges if this case warrants it. We have already contacted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to review the case for charges, and we will act as quickly as possible without jeopardizing the investigation.”

In a Facebook post, Glenview police also urged anyone who witnessed the accident to come forward.

The statements come as vigils continue at the crash site and family and friends prepare to lay to rest 17-year-old Marko Niketic, who died in the crash, at a funeral and visitation on Thursday.

School officials said Marko, a GBS senior, was weeks away from graduating and planned to attend Miami University in Ohio in the fall.

What we know about the crash

According to Glenview police, the accident occurred just after 11 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of East Lake Avenue near Meadow Lane in Glenview. Lake Avenue between Waukegan and Wagner Roads was closed for hours after the incident, including at times in the following days and evenings, as vigils continued near the accident site.

Marko, who was driving a silver Mercedes with a passenger, was struck by the driver of a Ford Mustang traveling westbound, police added.

According to authorities, both vehicles sustained significant damage and came to rest on the other side of the road after crashing into a wooden fence. Marko was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

According to police, three other people were taken to a nearby hospital. According to authorities, the driver of the Mustang was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other two – both passengers in each of the vehicles – were last seen in critical condition.

Further details about the Mustang driver and the other passengers were not released. According to police, the accident is still under investigation.

Photos and videos from the scene of the accident early Monday morning showed two badly damaged cars in which airbags were deployed. Debris from the accident was scattered across the roadway, including pieces of a fallen wooden fence.

In one photo, the back and driver’s side of a Mercedes appeared to be completely destroyed.

“Can’t really process it.”

On Monday afternoon, Glenbrook South High School released a letter to families calling the crash “tragic.”

“Dear GBS students and families,” the letter begins. “We are sorry to inform you that GBS senior Marko Niketic tragically passed away in an accident last night.”

In the message from GBS Director Dr. Barbara Georges said the school respects the family’s need for privacy and offers services to students and staff.

“Death can be difficult for us to understand, especially when it occurs suddenly,” the letter continues. “Today, students may feel shock, sadness or confusion. The most important thing is that we take care of each other and support each other.”

According to the school, the crash occurred just days before Niketic’s prom and three weeks before graduation.

Throughout the week, groups of emotional family and friends visited the crash site, many placing candles, photos and bouquets of flowers at the scene.

“He’s one of those people, you meet him and he shines. Most sincere person ever,” said friend Preston Shute, holding back tears. “He had a lot of things going on. I can’t really process it.”

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