A man driving a wanted vehicle in a homicide led police on a chase through Chicago on Wednesday night in which a police car crashed in Lake View and left a woman dead and several others injured.
The man, 22, was driving the dark-colored Jeep around 8:15 p.m. near 115th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue when officers noticed she may be wanted for several crimes in the nearby suburb, police said from Chicago. They tried to stop the Jeep in the 9400 block of South Union Avenue, but it took off and led the police in a chase into Irving Park on the north side.
The man crashed the Jeep near Irving Park Road and Keystone Avenue, and rushed to a nearby gas station where he stole a 2016 Nissan SUV, police said. He left the gas station and took off east on Irving Park Road with the police chasing him.
As they pursued the Nissan with their sirens activated, a marked patrol car crashed into a Ford Explorer traveling north on Ashland Avenue, police said. The driver, a 37-year-old female, was taken to the Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she died.
She has been identified as Guadalupe Francisco-Martinez, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. An autopsy confirmed that she died of her injuries and ruled her death an accident.
The patrol car skidded and struck a stopped Hummer at a red light, police said. The Hummer’s driver, a 62-year-old male, and two passengers, a 29 and 44-year-old female, were all taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in fair condition.
Two police officers were also injured in the crash and are in fair condition, police said.
The man returned the stolen Nissan to the south side before crashing into a pole in Bridgeport, police said. He attempted to flee from the scene but was arrested in the 800 block of West Pershing Road and then taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious condition.
Illinois State Police said the Jeep was wanted in at least one homicide.
Zone Three detectives and the Major Accident Unit are investigating.