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One dead, one injured after car drives into Romeoville retention pond

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ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

One man is dead after a car with two passengers drove into a retention pond in southwest suburban Romeoville Thursday night.

At 7:49 p.m., Romeoville police responded to a single-vehicle crash near Bluff Road west of Joliet Road, according to a statement from police. A 2001 Mazda, driven by a 25-year-old Romeoville woman, was involved in the incident.

The vehicle was near 1400 Bluff Road when it “left the roadway and came to rest in a retention pond,” police said. No details regarding why the vehicle left the road were immediately available.

The driver, Vanessa Kwakwe, was able to get out of the water, but her passenger, 54-year-old Kojo Pewudie of Woodridge, was found in the pond by firefighters, police said.

Both were taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, where Pewudie was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m., according to police and the Will County Coroner’s office.

The Romeoville Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating.

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