CHICAGO, Ill. — A suspected car thief fleeing from Chicago police in a stolen vehicle struck and killed a 27-year-old man who was sitting in a Chicago Transit Authority bus shelter. The fleeing vehicle left the roadway, slammed into the CTA shelter, and killed the man sitting there waiting for the bus. Chicago police had issued a litany of criminal charges against the driver of the stolen car and the two passengers who were also in the car when it crashed according to CBS Chicago. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office accepted the case and performed an autopsy. WBBM reported that the medical examiner did not release any details related to the pedestrian’s cause of death. The matter is still under investigation with the Chicago police accident investigatory squad.
The deadly police chase began after officers followed up on a report of a stolen Jeep around 11:40 a.m. The victim of the car theft notified the investigating officers that they could locate the stolen Jeep near the intersection of 101StStreet and Crandon Avenue. Officers found the Jeep near where the victim reported that car and officers tried to pull the Jeep over. Rather than obeying the lawful commands of the officers, the driver of the stolen Jeep took off at a tremendous speed. The officers followed in a manner described as a “high-speed chase.”
The chase continued until the vehicle flew off of the roadway near 9900 South Van Vlissingen Road in the Jeffrey Manor neighborhood of Chicago. The Jeep crushed the CTA bus shelter at that location. Chicago police told the media that a lone pedestrian was seated in the shelter at the time of the incident. Authorities pronounced that man deceased at the scene of the incident. Chicago PD arrested the driver and the two passengers of the stolen Jeep. The charges filed against the driver and two passengers are still pending.
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Sources:https://wbbm780.radio.com/articles/person-bus-stop-killed-when-stolen-vehicle-strikes-shelter and https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/06/30/pedestrian-waiting-at-cta-bus-stop-killed-by-vehicle-fleeing-police/