A man allegedly hanged himself after causing a deadly crash that killed a woman in Chicago.
Anthony Milder was speeding down West Ontario Street at about 1:30 a.m. Monday, when the 2009 Nissan coupe he was driving crashed into a utility pole, killing 21-year-old Alejandra Damian.
Milder survived the crash and was seen running away from the scene.
But hours after the crash, Milder killed himself – and a friend of 20 years who characterized him as a “happy, considerate, caring” person said it was probably because he couldn’t live with the guilt of killing the young woman, whose relationship to Milder still remains unclear.
“If you were ever to meet the kid, he was always out to make people’s day better,” Eddie Fritz said. “He always left them with a smile.”
Fritz said “one bad decision led to a tragic incident” when asked about the fatal accident.
“He probably couldn’t live with himself after,” Fritz said. “He was not the type of person to do people wrong.”
Surveillance videos taken from near the scene shows the car hitting a utility pole before exploding in a large fireball. Witnesses nearby the scene said the vehicle appeared to traveling at least 100 mph.
Sources told the station that Milder had been at a nearby nightclub for several hours late Sunday prior to the crash. Damian’s relatives told the station that they don’t know the connection between the young woman – who was a student at DePaul University – and Milder.
“Alejandra was a full spirited, ambitious, and loving daughter, sister, and friend to many,” according to a GoFundMe page set up to offset funeral costs. “Those who knew Ale knew that her laugh and smile was enough to brighten up a room.”
Her mother, 43-year-old Lourdes Damian, was left shattered by the loss.
“She was a cheerful young woman, a good sister and daughter,” she said. “She was loved by her community.”
Source: Daily Mail