Lake Forest, IL Automobile Crash Kills 2, Dec 1990
BEARS' ROOKIE KILLED IN ONE-CAR ACCIDENT.
Lake Forest, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears rookie defensive tackle FRED WASHINGTON was killed in a one-car crash Friday, robbing the team of its second-round draft choice.
WASHINGTON'S female companion, PETRA STOLL, 22, of Palatine, also died in the crash about two miles from the player's home.
"He was a coach's dream, a player who never complained, an outstanding young man," coach Mike Ditka said. "We're going to try and dedicate the rest of the year to Fred."
The Bears planned a memorial service for WASHINGTON today - a day before they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
WASHINGTON'S car struck a tree, Deputy Police Chief Gary Wieczorek
said. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened at about 2:30 a.m. CST.
Weather conditions were good at the time and no evidence of alcohol or other drugs were found in the car, registered to STOLL, Wieczorek said.
Lake County Coroner Barbara Richardson said the car appeared to have been traveling at high speed because the passenger door was driven all the way through the vehicle to the driver's side after the car hit the tree on the right side.
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