Victims of Tuesday’s fatal car crash in Glenview were mourned Thursday by fellow employees at two local Korean restaurants.
San Soo Gab San Korean BBQ, 5247 N. Western Ave. in Chicago, posted a message on its Facebook page Wednesday about the car crash. At least two of the three people who died in the fiery wreck worked at San Soo Gab San, which also has a location at 7901 Golf Rd. in Morton Grove.
“Please give your prayers to our two employees who passed away yesterday in the horrific garbage truck accident in Glenview,” the restaurant wrote. “Pray for them and their families.”
An employee told Patch that the son and daughter of the people who died were on their way to the United States from Korea.
The employees of San Soo Gab San were among three people who were killed after their passenger car collided with a village of Skokie garbage truck at Harlem Avenue and Harrison Street around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to the village of Skokie. Both vehicles burst into flames, and had to be extinguished by firefighters, according to police. The driver of the garbage truck was unharmed, police said.
Glenview Police did not immediately respond to requests for information on Thursday, while the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that they had not officially identified the three people who died in the crash as of Thursday afternoon.
Octavius Jones, director of intake operations for the medical examiner’s office, told Patch that the medical examiner’s office is waiting for dental records to identify the victims. He also said that family members were on their way from Korea.
Meanwhile, ABC 7 News has identified two of the three victims as Won Suk Rim, 57, and Jung Ran Min, 52. A family member told ABC 7 that he was not sure of the identity of the third person in the car, but said Rim and Min immigrated to the United States eight years ago, and had two grown children in Korea. ABC 7 did not report where Rim and Min lived.
At least one relative of the family contacted Hankook Funeral Services, 454 Helen Dr. in Northbrook, to arrange a funeral, according to employee Judy Cho. Cho said she knew only the Korean spellings for the last names of the three people who died. Based on very rough translations, they include a husband with the last name Yim, a wife with the last name Min and a third woman with the last name Kim, according to Cho.
The husband and wife were recent hires at the San Soo Gab San restaurant, according to an employee at the Morton Grove location. She said she believed the husband and wife’s last name was Yim, while the other woman’s last name was Kim.
“We’ve been in shock for a couple of days,” she said.