Ill. woman hurt in cop chase could get $3 million

The passenger suffered traumatic injuries from crash

Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — Chicago would pay $3 million to a young woman who suffered permanent brain damage when she was the passenger in a car struck by a stolen van involved in an unauthorized police chase, under a settlement advanced Monday by a City Council committee.

The accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. Aug. 10, 2004, when Regina Varela was 17. She was in a car broadsided at Addison and Kedzie by a stolen GMC van that ran a red light while being chased by Chicago Police.

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