Elderly Man Killed in Crash with Cal City Squad Identifed
June 27, 2014 – Times Staff
CALUMET CITY | The identity of an 81-year-old man who died after a crash with a Calumet City squad car was released Friday morning.
Earl Stahl, of the 14200 block of S. Kilpatrick Avenue in Crestwood, Ill., was pronounced dead at 1:14 p.m. Thursday at Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond, the Lake County coroner’s office said.
The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma suffered in a motor vehicle accident in the 900 block of Burnham Avenue in Calumet City.
Police on Thursday said the accident occurred just before 1 p.m. with the squad car coming to rest next to Tom’s Restaurant. The restaurant is owned by 6th Ward Calumet City Alderman Nick Manousopoulos.
The officer and Stahl were the sole occupants of their vehicles. The officer was transported to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond and was later released following treatment. The nature of the officer’s injuries was not released.
The officer was responding to a call of a fire and was traveling north on Burnham Avenue with lights and sirens on at the time of the crash, police said.
A preliminary investigation by the South Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team indicated Stahl was driving a Kia and failed to yield the right of way.