Police and fire departments respond to a four-vehicle crash that left one person dead and another seriously injured Saturday afternoon at Wadsworth Road and Lewis Avenue on the border of Beach Park and Waukegan. | Photo: Margaret Carrasco

Authorities have released the identity of a 55-year-old man who was killed after another vehicle ran a red light and hit his car in Waukegan Saturday afternoon.

An autopsy showed Jorge Rivas, 55, of Waukegan, died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries from a vehicle crash, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.

The Waukegan Fire Department, Beach Park Fire Department, and Waukegan Police Department responded around 12 p.m. Saturday to Wadsworth Road and Lewis Avenue in Waukegan.

Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Joe Florip said officers responded to a call of a serious vehicle crash involving four vehicles.

The Waukegan Police Department Major Crash Unit was activated to investigate the crash.

An investigation by the MCU shows a white 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling northbound on Lewis Avenue attempting to cross the intersection at Wadsworth Road.

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It is believed that the Tahoe entered the intersection on a red light, Florip said.

The Tahoe struck a black 2014 Chevy Malibu that was traveling westbound on Wadsworth Road.

Rivas, who was driving the Malibu, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in his vehicle.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office performed the autopsy on Rivas on Wednesday.

The driver of the Tahoe, a Zion woman in her 40s, was driving on a revoked driver’s license and was wanted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on a failure to appear warrant for aggravated battery.

The MCU believes the main factors in the crash to be the Tahoe speeding and disobeying the traffic control device, Florip said.

The female driver of the Tahoe was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

The investigation is considered open and active. MCU officers are still trying to determine if safety belts were used in either vehicle and if impairment was a factor in the crash.

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The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office will be reviewing the case for potential charges.

Two other vehicles were involved but they only suffered light contact and were able to drive away from the scene without needing to be towed.

No one in those vehicles required any medical attention, Florip said.

“I am incredibly proud of the men and women of the Waukegan Police Department that responded to this unnecessary tragedy and the work they did,” Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles said.

“I would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Zion Police Department. Both agencies responded the moment this incident occurred and assisted us until we cleared the scene. The amount of professionalism and assistance both provided, were second to none,” Walles said.

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