Updated. Evanston Fire and Life Safety responded to a vehicle accident at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and South Boulevard at around 7 a.m. on July 17. Early reports indicate that two Hispanic males were traveling northbound on Chicago, lost control of their car and struck a tree.

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber said both appear to have been ejected from the car.  One of the victims suffered massive internal trauma.  He was unresponsive, received ALS and was transported to St. Francis. The other victim, Chief Klaiber said, suffered some lacerations to his head, but was conscious and oriented and was also transported to St. Francis. 

The driver who was unresponsive at the scene, has been identified as Octavio Garcia-Martinez, age 27 of Evanston. He was pronounced dead approximately  45 minutes later at St. Francis Hospital, said Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department. The passenger, a 27 year old male from Chicago, is not reported to have any serious injuries at this time said the Commander. 

The Evanston Police Department’s Traffic Bureau officers along with assistance from the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force, Major Crash Assistance Team are investigating the crash. Both the driver and passenger did not appear to be wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, said the Commander. The area of the accident was re-opened for normal traffic as of noon.