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Evanston fire crews had to cut open a car to get the injured driver out after a crash at Elgin Road and Ewing Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

Evanston Fire Division Chief Tom Janetske says paramedics were able to get at the driver of one of the two cars quickly and transported that person to Evanston Hospital.

It took nearly 18 minutes for firefighters to cut the other victim free from the wreckage because of the extensive damage to his car, Janetske says.

The man, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Allswell Osuji, who lived in the 1000 block of West Montrose Avenue in Chicago, later died at Evanston Hospital.

No one else besides the drivers were in either of the two cars.

The accident, which occurred on the border between Skokie and Evanston, is being investigated by Skokie Police.

Photo by Evanston Fire Department.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Elgin at Ewing?

    Evanston fire crews had to cut open a car to get the injured driver out after a crash at Elgin Road and Ewing Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

    When I saw this, I thought "Where is Ewing?  I know that Elgin runs between Emerson and Clark downtown, crossing Benson and Sherman."   I went to Google maps to enquire, and it shows that there is a little piece of roadway between Emerson and Golf that is also called 'Elgin'.

    What is the point of this?  Why isn't it called Golf, or Emerson?  Does anyone know when this was created?  I thought that Elgin Rd in downtown Evanston was a fairly recent creation…did this other piece of 'Elgin Rd' exist before the diagonal Elgin downtown?

    Does anyone have an address of Elgin Rd (between Golf and Emerson)?  Do people get lost trying to find it?

    Google maps shows 'Hunan Star' restaurant is apparently on the little 'Elgin Rd', but they list their address as Golf.   In fact, when I zoom in on Google maps, the road name alternates (east to west) :  Emerson, Elgin (on the bridge ), Golf, Elgin, Golf.

  2. Emerson, Golf, Simpson, Elgin Road

    Yes, people get confused all the time because the street has 4 names. Just west of Ewing it reverts to Simpson Street after Simpson dumps out into Golf just before Lincolnwood on the north side of the street.

    I have lived here for more than 20 years and I cannot tell you how many bad — even fatal accidents have occurred on this stretch of Golf Road between McCormick and Central Park. The worst problem is that the drivers are going too fast and it curves. I have even contacted IDOT about the problem.

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