BUCKTOWN — A 34-year-old man who reportedly was the driver in a car crash that killed his passenger early Monday and shut down the Ontario feeder ramp for seven hours was found dead in his Bucktown apartment Monday night.
The man, Anthony Milder, of the 1800 block of North Wood Street, was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m. Monday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. The coroner later ruled Milder's death a suicide, from hanging.
Milder allegedly was involved in the fatal car crash in River North that killed his 21-year-old passenger, according to ABC7. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified that 21-year-old as Alejandra Damian of Joliet.
A GoFundMe campaign raised more than $14,000 in one day to help Damian's family with funeral expenses.
Milder's neighbors said police cars were outside his home for several hours Monday night.
In the fiery one-car crash in River North around 1:30 a.m. Monday, the driver of a Nissan was speeding in the 400 block of West Ontario Street when the car hit a utility pole, police said. The car spun out and burst into flames.
Police at the time identified the driver as a man and said he got out of the car and ran away.
Officer Brandy Wright, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman, said that the death is under investigation and police cannot confirm more details.
Milder, who also went by the name Anthony Van Morre, according to friends, managed the door at the Undergound nightclub at 56 W. Illinois St.
"He was a good guy who always treated everyone with respect and made them feel welcome at Underground," said Jason Tong, an Arlington Heights resident who met Milder through Underground.