A Chicago man died Monday after crashing into the Loyola University Chicago sign on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.
The crash happened at 2:55 a.m. in the 900 block of West Sheridan Road near the Sullivan Center for Student Services, according to Chicago Police Department (CPD) News Affairs Officer Karie James. James confirmed only one vehicle was involved and no one else was injured.
The man, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner as 24-year-old Javier Cordero, was driving a 2006 Toyota at a high speed and collided with the sign after hitting a curb, James said.
The vehicle was heavily damaged and caught fire after the collision, according to James. Cordero was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Cordero died from injuries sustained in the accident, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.
Video footage from an ABC7 helicopter shows damage to the car and Loyola sign following the accident. The right portion of the sign appeared to be gone, removing the word “Chicago” from it.
CPD redirected traffic and shut down north and southbound lanes from Granville Avenue to Devon Avenue, according to James. CTA bus routes 136, 147 and 151 were redirected temporarily. The road remained closed until 8:30 a.m.
Authorities are investigating the incident.