Authorities have identified the three people who died when a garbage truck hit and crushed a car in Glenview last week.
Chicago residents Won Suk Lim, 56, his wife Jung Ran Min, 50, and their friend, Gwi Rye Kim, 65, were officially identified today by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office officials, who relied on dental records, according to a Glenview Police Department press release.
All three were in a car when it collided with a Village of Skokie garbage truck on Oct. 15 at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Harrison Street, officials said. Fire engulfed the crushed car, which Lim was driving. Lim's wife Min was sitting in the front seat of the car, according to Glenview police.
About 250 community members and relatives — some arrived from South Korea — honored the lives of Lim, Min and Kim during a Tuesday evening wake at a funeral home in Niles, said Wilmette resident Peter Lee, a friend of the deceased.
Lee, who works as a general practice and immigration lawyer, said he has known Kim since she came from South Korea to the U.S. in 2005. He said Kim was his client and a friend. He also knew Min, who worked with Kim at San Soo Kab San, a Korean restaurant with locations in Morton Grove and in Chicago.
Lee said the couple and Kim were good friends, and that relatives think they were coming back from visiting another friend at the Salem Walk Apartments in Northbrook when the crash happened.
"It's not something you expect or prepare for," Lee said of the crash. "It's so horrible, you don't even wanna visualize it."
Lee said once the cremation is completed, family members plan to take the ashes of the three to South Korea.
The details of the crash are still under the investigation, said Glenview Police Deputy Chief Stefan Johnson.
Skokie officials said in a statement posted to the village website's last week that the garbage truck was on its way to the Glenview transfer station when the accident happened. The garbage truck driver, who has been employed with the Village of Skokie for about 19 years, was not injured.