100mph crash

A motorist was killed this morning in a crash that happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 400 block of East Pershing Road near the site of the razed Ida B. Wells rowhouses, police said. (Devlin Brown, for the Tribune / March 12, 2012)

A Southwest Side motorist was killed this morning in a horrific crash in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side, police said.

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 400 block of East Pershing Road near the site of the razed Ida B. Wells rowhouses, authorities said.

The 42-year-old driver was speeding east on Pershing in his 1995 Ford pickup truck when he crashed into a light pole equipped with a pod camera, said Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman.

The force of the impact violently tossed the truck into another light pole, mangling the truck, police said. The victim, whose identity wasn't immediately released, was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Mirabelli couldn't confirm early reports that the driver may have been traveling as fast as 100 miles per hour. The pavement was wet because it had been raining and the speed limit there is 30 mph, police said. 

The Southwest Side motorist, who would have turned 43 in about a week, was the only person inside the pickup, police said. Police were not releasing his name because his family hadn't been notified.

It wasn't clear whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

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