A woman was reportedly killed Tuesday morning in a Chicago car accident on the South Side when a minivan driven by a drug suspect rammed her car while attempting to run down police officers, The Chicago Sun Times reported.
The woman’s car was one of two civilian vehicles the suspect’s van crashed into after striking two undercover police cruisers.
The suspect was caught after a brief foot pursuit following the string of accidents, which began just before 7 a.m. at 63rd Street and King Drive, according to police.
The accident occurred when two officers from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas unit — which includes Chicago police and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency — conducted a traffic stop on a minivan. Two targets of the drug investigation occupied the van.
After the undercover officers climbed out of their vehicle and announced themselves, the driver of the van put it in reverse and attempted to run down the officers. One of the officers fired his weapon at the van but did not strike anyone.
The minivan fled east after ramming the officer’s vehicle and struck a car at 63rd and St. Lawrence. The 42-year-old driver of that vehicle was pronounced dead at John H.Stroger Jr. Hospital, according to police.
The van continued on and struck another vehicle driven by a man who refused medical attention.
The police Major Accident Investigation Unit was investigating
It is the second time this week that civilians have been seriously injured after being caught up in a police pursuit. The Chicago personal injury lawyer blog reported earlier this week that two people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries after reportedly crashing their vehicle while attempting to get out of the way of a police pursuit.