CHICAGO (STMW) -- Charges are pending against the driver of a car that veered off Lake Shore Drive and crashed on top of a frozen pond near Lincoln Park Zoo early Monday, leaving a passenger dead.
The crash happened about 1:45 a.m. as a black sedan traveling south in the 2200 block of Lake Shore Drive left the road and rolled onto a pond that was frozen solid, police said.
Claudia Beruben, 37, of the 12400 block of South Laflin in Calumet Park was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was later pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The 42-year-old man driving the car was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition Tuesday, police said.
The mangled vehicle never submerged, but rolled over several times before it finally came to rest on its roof. Bumpers and other car parts littered the frozen pond as rescue workers secured the vehicle and removed the people trapped inside.
Charges are pending against the driver as of Tuesday afternoon, police said. The Major Accidents Investigation Unit is handling the case.
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