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Palos Park man, 21, dies after overturning his SUV

by Kevin Olsen
staff reporter

A 21-year-old Palos Park man died after his vehicle crashed in Blue Island early on Sunday.

Andre Reed, who was training to be a medic in the navy, lost control of his vehicle at 12:10 a.m. while traveling westbound on 127th Street near Homan Avenue, said Lisa Gordon, spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriffs Police.

Reed reportedly crossed four lanes of traffic, drove up an embankment and overturned the sports utility vehicle he was driving, Gordon said.

He was pronounced dead at 4:20 a.m. of injuries he suffered when his SUV hit a fixed object, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. It was ruled an accident.

Reed was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, Gordon said.

“He was a people person who wanted to do the right thing and didn’t like when people took shortcuts,” said his father, Darryl Reed. “There were an awful lot of people that gravitated toward him.”

Reed was scheduled to return to the Great Lakes Naval Station on Sunday, Darryl Reed said. His son had already gone through boot camp and was training to become a medic in the navy. The son of a retired marine, Andre Reed was planning on being a “lifer” in the military before pursuing a second career in medicine or law enforcement, his father said.

“He wanted a career in the military where he could help people,” Reed said.

After his training at the Great Lakes Naval Station, Reed was going to marines training, which would have landed him in Afghanistan in the future.

Reed was a sports enthusiast, who loved basketball and mixed martial arts. He was good with his hands, performing repairs around the house.

“Once you showed him something one time, he understood what to do,” Reed said.

The 2006 graduate of Stagg High School pushed his peers and siblings to be better people, Darryl Reed said. After spending two years at Eastern Illinois University, Reed decided to stop spending his parents money and follow in his father’s footsteps. Earlier in the day of his fateful accident, Reed was bowling with his family before hanging out with some of his cousins on his last day of leave.

He is survived by his parents, Darryl and Deborah; his twin brother, Brian, and his older brother, Darryl.

Services are scheduled for Saturday at Carter Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 7841 S. Wabash Ave.

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