6-year-old Joliet girl killed in crash: cops

A 6-year-old Joliet girl was killed after an intoxicated driver ran a stop sign and crashed into the car she was riding in, police said.

Lily Hicks was transported from the scene of the Tuesday morning crash at Route 126 and Grove Road in Kendall County to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where she died, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Hicks was riding in a Chevy Malibu driven by 29-year-old Amme Hicks of Joliet when Michael Kubistal, 34, also of Joliet, disregarded a stop sign and crashed into the Malibu’s driver’s side shortly before noon, according to the Illinois State Police.

Amme Hicks was heading west on 126 and Kubistal, who was driving a Nissan Altima, was northbound on Grove Road, police said.

Lily Hicks was ejected from the Malibu after the cars collided, according to police.

Lily Hicks was airlifted to Loyola, police said, and Amme Hicks was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Kubistal was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of cannabis, disobeying a stop sign operating an uninsured motor vehicle and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Joseph Hosey

Joseph Hosey

Joe Hosey became editor of The Herald-News in 2018. As a reporter, he covered the disappearance of Stacy Peterson and criminal investigation of her husband, former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson. He was the 2015 Illinois Journalist of the Year and 2014 National Press Club John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award winner.