Courtesy of Blake-Lamb Funeral Home
Cire Robinson, 12, a sixth-grade student at Simmons Middle School in Oak Lawn, died of injuries suffered in a multiple vehicular crash on Chicago’s Southwest Side on Jan. 20.
By Joe Boyle
A 12-year-old Oak Lawn girl was killed in a fatal crash that occurred on Chicago’s Southwest Side on Jan. 20.
Cire Robinson, a sixth-grade student at Simmons Middle School in Oak Lawn, was a passenger in a vehicle that was plowed into by an alleged drunk driver at about 9:35 p.m. along the 4900 block of South Cicero Avenue. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 10:32 p.m.
According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, Cire died of multiple injuries from the crash.
Daniel Regalado, 27, of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, was charged with felony reckless homicide, aggravated DUI and two counts of misdemeanor driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Prosecutors said that Regalado was the driver of a Chevrolet Impala in the multi-vehicle crash. The dark gray Impala was northbound in the median on Cicero, ignoring the lane marks before veering into southbound traffic, hitting a gold Cadillac Escalade, which Cire was a passenger in, head-on, according to police.
Regalado was traveling at a rate of speed of 66 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone before the crash, prosecutors said. His blood alcohol content of .457 was nearly six times the legal limit in Illinois, prosecutors said.
A southbound red Toyota RAV-4 also hit the Escalade after not being able to stop in time, police said. The driver of the Toyota had no apparent injuries and refused medical attention.
Regalado dislocated his hip in the crash and was taken to Stroger Hospital. His two female passengers, ages 19 and 21, also suffered injuries in the collision. The 21-year-old woman was in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center. The 19-year-old woman was also taken to Advocate Christ and was in serious condition.
Cyrus Robinson, 51, father of Cire, fractured his right ankle and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition has since stabilized. He was the driver and his daughter the only passenger.
Regaaldo appeared before Judge David Navarro Saturday and his bail was set at $500,000.
Relatives said that Cire enjoyed playing Roblox and board games, making Tic Tok videos, drawing, watching scary movies and anime. She also liked playing with dolls. The family said she loved art and wanted to be an animation artist.
“Cire was an energetic, positive student, whose presence in our hallway will be greatly missed,” said Joseph Matise, superintendent of Ridgeland School District 122, which includes Simmons, when he spoke about the tragedy at the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on Jan. 26. “The district staff is greatly saddened, as well as outraged, at such a senseless loss. There is now a void in our school district family that will be greatly missed.”
Mayor Sandra Bury, and all six trustees, also expressed sadness and outrage over the girl’s death. Pointing out that Regalado was facing three separate felony charges before the crash, including unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and manufacturing and delivering cannabis, Bury and the trustees said Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx shares responsibility for the girl’s death, asserting that lax prosecution allowed Regalado to remain free while awaiting trial on serious felonies.
“Our hearts go out to this family at this terrible time… There is no sane or caring person who can say this is OK. Kim Foxx has to go. (She) should resign immediately for her betrayal of this public trust. (Cire) was riding in a car with her daddy, doing nothing, and was slaughtered by this man who should not have been out on the streets. By turning our legal system into a sham, people know there are no consequences for serious crimes. Kim Foxx has has dropped charges in tens of thousands of felony cases,” said Bury.
In addition to her father, Cire is also survived by her mother, Teresa Robinson; siblings, Cyrus Jr., Tia, Heaven and Cree; fraternal grandparents, Johnnie Mae and L.C. Robinson; maternal grandparents, Veronica Scott and Raymond Jackson; and aunts and uncles.
Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. The funeral service will be held Monday, Feb. 1.
The staff at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home said they are adhering to current state gathering restrictions, which will allow for 25 or fewer guests at the visitation and services. Proper social distancing is required and guests need to wear face masks.