Waukegan Bulldogs Basketball Player Killed in Zion Crash

Malik M. Brown, a Waukegan High School student, was killed when the car he was driving hit a tree in Zion Feb. 4. – gofundme.com

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by Tina Johansson

A Waukegan Bulldogs basketball player was killed Saturday when the car he was driving swerved to avoid hitting an oncoming vehicle and hit a tree.

Malik M. Brown, 17, was a sophomore at Waukegan High School’s Washington Campus, and a member on the Waukegan Bulldogs basketball team in which he donned No. 2 on his jersey.

Zion Police and Zion Fire and Rescue responded to the accident on Feb. 4 at 12:31 a.m. in the area of Carmel Boulevard and Galilee Avenue in Zion. 

Brown’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his funeral expenses.

Brown was driving a 2017 Nissan Sentra with four other passengers between the ages of 16 and 20.

A preliminary investigation by police indicates the Nissan was traveling west on Carmel, before entering the intersection without stopping for a stop sign.

Brown apparently swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle that was south bound on Galilee, according to police. The move caused the Nissan to leave the roadway and strike a tree approximately 150 feet west of the intersection.

Zion Fire personnel extricated Brown from the car, and he was flown to Condell Medical Center where he died. Three other occupants in the Nissan were transported to area hospitals where they were listed in stable condition.

There were no injuries to the two occupants in the vehicle that was traveling south on Galilee Avenue. 

Zion Police said speed was a contributing factor in this accident which remains under investigation.  

Nicholas Alajakis, spokesperson for the Waukegan School District said the school’s mental health professional response team was on hand to talk with students on Monday, also reaching out to parents whose children may want to discuss the sudden loss of their classmate.

The school district also cancelled a basketball series against Lake Zurich High School over the weekend, said Alajakis.

Brown’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his funeral expenses.

To help, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/3caeknk


One thought on “Waukegan Bulldogs Basketball Player Killed in Zion Crash

  • February 7, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends. Gone too soon, but I’m sure he will in live in hearts forever.


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