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Two New Lenox teens killed when vehicle crashes into tree

Two other teens critically injured in early morning wreck

Two New Lenox teens were killed and two others were hospitalized in critical condition after a single vehicle wreck Tuesday morning, officials said.

Eric Zielinski, 18, the driver of a Honda CRV that left the roadway and crashed into a tree near the intersection of Briggs Street and Spencer Road in Joliet was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office and the Joliet Police Department.

A passenger in the CRV, Heather Sturwold, also 18, was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, according to the coroner’s office. Sturwold was pronounced dead in the Silver Cross emergency room about 5 a.m., the coroner’s office said.

Two other passengers, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, both male, were injured, Gavin said. One was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and the other taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, he said.

Both the 17-year-old and the 18-year-old were in critical condition after the crash, Joliet police Sgt. Darrell Gavin said in an email.

Will County deputies came upon the red CRV after it crashed into a tree on the southwest corner of the intersection about 4 a.m., Gavin said.

Autopsies for Zielinski and Sturwold were scheduled for Tuesday at the Will County morgue.

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