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Seven Die In Illinois Car Accident

September 6, 1993

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) _ A car speeding at about 100 mph struck the car of a family returning home from a reunion, killing seven people and critically injuring an eighth, authorities and witnesses said.

Five members of the family were among the dead, including a 6-year-old boy.

Police Officer Ronald Gass said alcohol was a factor in the accident Sunday. He wouldn’t elaborate.

The speeding car hit the other auto broadside and nearly ripped it in two, police said.

Authorities identified the dead as Frank Saam, 45; his 43-year-old wife, Yasuko; their 6-year-old son, Theodore; and Saam’s 71-year-old parents, Henry and Norma Saam.

Also killed were the driver of the speeding car, 20-year-old Todd Lucas, and one of his passengers, 21-year-old John Holle, both of West Frankfurt. A second passenger was hospitalized in critical condition.

The Saam family was returning home to Waukegan, north of Chicago, from a family reunion in the southern Illinois town of Orient.

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