A Loyola student died as a result of a car accident last week, officials said.
Eden Chung, a first-year, died due to injuries from the accident, which occured on May 27, authorities said.
The information systems major was on his way home from a weekend religious retreat with three others when the accident happened, according to an email from Campus Ministry sent to the Loyola community.
The driver of the car, Joseph Hung Joon Kim, 22, fell asleep at the wheel while heading southbound on I-290 near Elmhurst — a northwest Chicago suburb — according to a report released by Matthew Boerwinkle, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Police. The 2013 Black Hyundai went off the road and struck a pole head on, the report stated.
All four passengers were transported to an area hospital, according to the report. Chung and Edward Jeon — a 19-year-old from Buffalo Grove, a northwest suburb of Chicago — died due to their injuries, according to the report. They were sitting in the backseat, and it’s unclear if they were wearing seatbelts, the report stated. Both the driver and fourth passenger survived, according to the report.
Campus Ministry’s email offered resources for Loyola community members. On Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, Wellness Center (773.508.2530) and Campus Ministry (773.508.2200) staff are available to assist students individually.
On the Health Sciences Campus, University Ministry (708.216.3245) and Student Affairs (708.216.3220) employees are available for those seeking resources or counseling, the email stated. Perspectives is available at any time by calling 800.456.6327. For online resources, go to SAPlogin.perspectivesltd.com and enter username: LUC500 and password: perspectives.
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