CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago Police car chasing a suspect's car slammed into an SUV carrying several people late on Sunday night, killing the woman's passenger and seriously injuring a dozen others in a car chase that ended with the crash, police said on Tuesday. The woman, 37, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. At least one other person suffered serious injuries in the wreck. A police official said some of the injured were hit by a car while waiting for ambulances to arrive.
Police identified the suspect who led the chase in an arrest warrant obtained from state authorities. In addition to the woman's death, there were no reports of serious injury, but the incident was still considered a tragedy for those who were hurt. “This accident was a tragedy for all of those who have been involved in this incident,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a news conference. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families.
One of the injured was a 20-year-old man who had been inside the wrecked SUV with his girlfriend, and both were listed in stable condition at a hospital. A woman in her late teens was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not require medical attention, but she is expected to survive the crash. There was one fatality during the chase, but that person's death is believed to be the result of a car accident, McCarthy said.
After the chase, the suspect was captured driving a different vehicle to where the chase ended, and the police pursuit continued. The suspect's car then crashed in an alley near a shopping mall. There were several injuries sustained by bystanders, but none of those injuries required immediate treatment, police said. Two people suffered minor cuts and bruises and needed to be taken to the hospital.
Police identified the suspect in the case as Gregory McRae, 35, of Chicago. A warrant for his arrest was obtained by authorities and he was booked into the Will County Jail. He faces a dozen counts of aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide.
“This is something that Chicago Police can take care of and the people who were hurt won't have to be involved,” McCarthy said. “That's just the way it goes sometimes.”
One of the people hit during the chase was a 16-year-old girl who was standing on the sidewalk when a white SUV drove through and struck her. She was taken to the hospital, where she died. No one else in the group was seriously injured.
It is too early to tell if there is any chance that the chase will be stopped before it ends or whether the suspects may have fled the area. In either case, it will be important for residents to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious that they see.
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