Driver dies after car plunges into Lake Michigan

CHICAGO (MCT) — A 64-year-old man died after his car plunged into Lake Michigan at Balbo Drive, and police say they are investigating whether he suffered a seizure.

The car had been crossing Lake Shore Drive at Balbo before it left the road and entered the water about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. Divers reached the car, broke a window and pulled out Steven Halperin, according to Deputy Fire Chief Ron Dorneker.

Halperin was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:07 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Divers found no one else in the car, Dorneker said.

Kimberly Brown said she was driving on Lake Shore Drive when she saw the car crossing the drive at Balbo, she said. The driver stopped several times for northbound cars to pass and continued east instead of turning onto the drive, said Brown, 42.

Brown said she called 911 after the car disappeared from her sight down a set of steps by the water's edge, she said.

Halperin lived in the 800 block of South Plymouth Court, less than a mile from where his car went into the lake.

• Tribune photographer Terrence Antonio James contributed to this report.

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