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April 12, 2014
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Chicago police: Infant injured, 1 killed in crash after police pursuit

Police began pursuing the vehicle after they witnessed the driver shooting from the car

By Peter Nickeas
Chicago Tribune

An infant was wounded when the car he was in fled police officers who saw someone inside firing a gun in Humboldt Park late Friday, police said.

The boy, whose age was unavailable, is in stable condition. He was taken to Lurie Children's Hospital, police said. Police found a revolver in the car.

A baby bottle sat next to a flannel shirt among other debris from the crash. The hood of the car had a light-pole sized dent in the front of the hood.

The car caught fire after the crash and police pulled a number of the occupants out. At least one had to be cut out by firefighters, who removed a door that ended up leaning against a currency exchange.

The chase started when officers in the 2500 block of West Division Street saw someone shooting from a white PT Cruiser and tried to stop it about 9:50 p.m., police said.

The car took off, police pursued and the car. travelling eastbound, crashed just west of Ashland Avenue on Grand Avenue. The car's front end hit the pole and it appeared that the back end swung around into a brick wall next to the sidewalk

A male driver, two female passengers and the infant child were in the car when it wrecked. The male driver of the car was pronounced dead after the crash about 10:45 p.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, authorities said, but has not been officially identified. Police were behind the car when it crashed.

Ages weren't available on the two females and the male driver. All three were taken to area hospitals.

A man who lives across from the crash said he saw one person that had to be extricated from the car. The infant was in a child seat at the time of the crash, he said.

Police are with all four from the PT Cruiser at various hospitals.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Copyright 2014 the Chicago Tribune






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