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6-month-old dead, 3 others injured after car crash involving stolen vehicle in West Garfield Park

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CHICAGO (CBS) -- A 6-month-old boy has died, and three people were hospitalized after a horrific car crash Sunday evening in West Garfield Park. Police confirm one of the vehicles involved was stolen, and the occupants were apparently joy riding. 

What started out as a quiet evening in the 4400 block of West Washington took a terrifying turn in a blink of an eye. It was just after 5 p.m. when a white Ford pickup truck traveling southbound on Kostner was struck by a speeding Hyundai Sonata. The vehicles both ended up on the sidewalk, and then chaos ensued. 

"At this point I found out there was a baby in the vehicle," said homeowner Shaun Walker. 

Walker was home at the time of the crash. His own surveillance footage captured the horrific scene. 

He quickly learned the white pickup truck was carrying a family of two adults and two children. One of those children is just 6 months old.

"The baby was not breathing," said Walker. "We started immediately CPR on the baby, and we were waiting on the ambulance. We were able to get the breath back into the baby." 

Surveillance footage captured tense moments. 

Both neighbors and passersby ran to the aid of the family. 

The Fire Department said four people were taken to Stroger Hospital, including one adult and three children. Six-month-old Cristian Uvidia was later pronounced dead on Monday afternoon, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. 

"Our lives were impacted completely forever. The joy of our life was taken. His life was priceless," said relative Annelisse Rivera. "The fact that his life was taken in one second for somebody that was like looking for a stolen car - as if his life amounted to a price of a car."

Relatives said Cristian's mother suffered facial fractures in the crash, and her condition was stabilized. She remained hospitalized Tuesday night.

A girl who was injured in the crash was released from the hospital on Tuesday, and a teenager who was injured will remain in the hospital for further tests.

Police have confirmed the Hyundai Sonata involved in the crash was indeed stolen. 

Two of the four occupants of the stolen Hyundai were taken into custody. A 14-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy both have been charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle, a misdemeanor.

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