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Alcohol Blamed In Deadly Crash On Kennedy Expressway

UPDATED 07/30/12 10:16 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Alcohol is being blamed in a weekend crash that killed a 23-year-old woman on the Kennedy Expressway.

As WBBM Newsradio's Bernie Tafoya reports, an earlier report said the 24-year-old driver had been charged with aggravated DUI. But Illinois State Police said Monday morning that no one had been charged.

The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. Sunday on the outbound Kennedy at Armitage Avenue.

The offending driver lost control in the outbound lanes, hitting a concrete wall and crashing into two vans.

The young woman who died – identified as Maryina Holovii – was a passenger with the driver in his Mitsubishi Lancer. She was pronounced dead at 6:45 a.m. Saturday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Seven other people were injured in the crash.

The crash shut down the right two lanes of the Kennedy and the exit ramp to Armitage Avenue for more than seven hours. Traffic was backed up for miles.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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