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A mother who called out for the help of her three young children after a car crash that killed her daughter and her unborn child has died at the age of 76.
Kathleen O’Toole, 73, of Chicago, was among hundreds of people who made a “call to arms” at the crash site, and her daughter, who died of her injuries, was taken to a hospital to be treated.
She died Sunday of complications from brain cancer, according to Chicago Fire Department spokeswoman Diane Rolfe.
She was the first person in Chicago to die at the scene, Rolfes said.
O’Tooles death comes days after her daughter’s body was found at a funeral home, according a spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The crash that claimed O’Oles life happened in a rural area near the city’s North Side.
She had a history of drug abuse, and police said she had been arrested on drug charges at least once before.
The woman was a member of a community group called The Black Dahlia Flower, according her obituary on the group’s website.
It says her daughter was born on April 25, 1957, the same day as the tragic crash.
In 2009, she was the founding president of a national women’s advocacy group called Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and was a longtime organizer of the Chicago Women’s March.
In 2008, she led a march against sexual assault on campus.