They were three best friends from the west suburbs who’d gone downtown for a night of fun.
Heading back home early Saturday, two of the women were killed and a third was injured when their car was hit by a minivan going the wrong way on the Eisenhower Expy.
Authorities said the 20-year-old Chicago man at the wheel of the minivan was driving drunk. Charges have not been filed.
Killed were Monica Hernandez, 20, of Maywood, and Briana Resto, 19, of Northlake.
They were taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where they were pronounced dead, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Jason LoCoco said.
Their surviving friend, 20-year-old Brittney Mouzon, was treated at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for scratches and bruises, according to an aunt, who said, “She’s sad. They were her two best friends.”
Mouzon and Hernandez had been in school together for years, most recently at Proviso East High School in Maywood, according to Hernandez’s uncle Richard Medina.
“They went downtown for some fun,” Medina said, and were headed home at the time of the crash.
It happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday. A red Dodge minivan entered the eastbound lanes of the expressway going the wrong way near Harlem Avenue and collided with the blue Ford carrying the three women, according to the Illinois State Police, who said Resto was driving the car carrying her friends.
The minivan’s driver and his passenger, a 20-year-old Cicero man, were treated at Loyola University Medical Center, according to the police, who shut down the eastbound lanes of the Eisenhower for several hours as they investigated and cleared the crash scene.
Hernandez loved to spend time with friends, and she loved rap and hip-hop music, Medina said.
She was studying broadcast journalism at Triton College in River Grove and had recently started a job as a receptionist in Westchester, Medina said.
“It’s devastating,” he said. “Everyone is in a state of shock.”
He said it was the wrong-way driver’s bad choice that killed the bright, young woman and her friend.
“He made the choice to do this,” Medina said. “He should have known better. Common sense — you don’t drink and drive.”
Contributing: Brian Slodysko