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18-year-old charged in North Park crash that left 1 dead, 6 injured

Man, 18, charged in deadly crash in North Park that left 6 others injured
Man, 18, charged in deadly crash in North Park that left 6 others injured 01:19

CHICAGO (CBS) – The 18-year-old driver involved in a crash that left one person killed and six others injured Tuesday night has been charged.

Police confirmed Kurell Purnell was charged with one felony count of reckless homicide, three felony counts of aggravated reckless driving, and one citation. 

As CBS 2's Jackie Kostek reported, police say they located Purnell about three hours after that crash, and was taken into custody in Lakeview.  

He is expected in bond court Thursday. 

The accident happened around 7:52 p.m. on March 21 near the intersection of Kimball and Peterson avenues in the North Park neighborhood. 

The impact was so strong that one of the vehicles flipped over. Debris was strewn everywhere.

Chicago police say a 44-year-old man was driving east on Peterson in a Kia SUV with five passengers when he was struck at the intersection by the 18-year-old man driving a Saturn sedan. 

The driver of the Kia was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in fair condition. A 78-year-old woman, identified as Zainab Suboh by the Medical Examiner's Office, was taken to Ascension St. Francis Hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

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An 81-year-old man was also taken to St. Francis in critical condition. Three other passengers from the Kia were hospitalized; a 36-year-old woman was taken to Lutheran General in critical condition, and two girls, 3 and 7,  were taken to Lurie Children's Hospital in fair condition. 

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