Road Rage May Have Led to Death

By Becky Schlikerman on January 8, 2013 12:06am 

 Artemio Silva, 20, was killed on Jan. 14, 2012 in a crash on Western and Archer avenues. 
Artemio Silva, 20, was killed on Jan. 14, 2012 in a crash on Western and Archer avenues. 
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McKINLEY PARK —Artemio Silva, 20, was likely on his way home when he was killed in a reported road rage incident, his family said.

Silva was killed Jan. 14 while a passenger in a moving vehicle that crashed at Western and Archer avenues, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The crash also killed Omar Vargas, 17. Their deaths were ruled homicides, authorities said.

Both men’s  families are unsure about what happened early that January morning. But Iracema Silva believes her younger brother was on his way home, she said.

The Chicago Tribune reported at the time that the SUV Vargas and Silva were riding in tried to ram another vehicle on the road.

Edgar Barragan has been charged with aggravated DUI that caused a death and reckless homicide, according to family and court records.

Silva’s family remember the young man who went by the name “Alex” as a hard worker, who had just gotten a flooring job.

He also loved pit bulls and frequented McKinley Park to walk his beloved “Tyson,” said Iracema Silva.

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