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Alcohol Suspected in Fatal Crash

September 7, 1993

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) _ A speeding car with a suspected drunken driver at the wheel broadsided a car carrying a family home from a reunion, killing seven people and seriously injuring an eighth.

The driver of the speeding car, Todd Lucas, and a passenger, John Hoole, both 21, were killed along with 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.

An 18-year-old passenger in Lucas’ car was hospitalized in critical condition.

Witnesses told police Lucas had been driving at about 100 mph shortly before the crash early Sunday. At least one can of beer was found in the car, police said. Authorities awaited the results of tests on the driver.

The Saams, who lived in the Chicago suburb of Waukegan, were on their way from a family reunion in Orient to a hotel in nearby West Frankfort.