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Hickory Hills car accident splits vehicle in half, killing 4 teens, police say

HICKORY HILLS, Ill. (WLS) – A hot air balloon release and a memorial honors the lives of four teenagers who were killed in a car crash in the suburbs of Hickory Hills on Saturday afternoon.

Jocelyn Gonzalez, a friend of the victims, said: ‘They are children, 17, 16, 15 years old, so there is no way to end their lives for temporary enjoyment.

Family members of those killed say the teen driving the Mercedes SUV lost control just before 2:30 p.m. at 89th Street and 85th Court.

A total of six teenagers were inside the SUV when it crashed into a tree, splitting the vehicle in half. Only two people survived, the driver and front passenger.

Two of the teenagers died at the scene and two others died at the hospital, according to officials

Family members identified those who lost their lives as Omarion Rieves, Jemerrio Rieves, Nathan Phillips and Destini Guerra. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has not released the identity of the victim.

All victims were under 18 years old.

The two Rieves boys are brothers.

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Leontyne Walker, who lost her two sons in the accident, said: “I know it’s hard when people have to bury a child, but have to bury two children at once.
She is waiting for their call.

“Usually they check and when I don’t hear anything, as a mother you get the gut feeling that something is wrong,” Walker said.

All the teenagers made it too soon.

“Omarion is supposed to start football camp tomorrow. He’s just taking his senior photos,” she said.

At this point, officials have yet to say what caused the crash.

“They were just trying to have fun but it wasn’t worth it, because look, here we are. Now I have to bury both of my boys,” Walker said.

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