CHICAGO (SCS) — It was a wild night for police as they responded to several street racing calls across Chicago. And a woman died in the chaos.
Marks now cover the intersection of Morgan and Washington in the West Loop. This is one of many intersections that clearly show where street vagrants were making doughnuts. The chaos spread from West Loop to Chinatown to Burbank, where the Chicago Fire Department said one person was hit by a car and died.
Chicago police said a 27-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were speeding, heading south on Cicero near 65th Street. The man changed lanes, hitting the other driver and a 40-year-old woman who was in the crosswalk.
This woman was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where she died.
A Chicago Police sergeant told CBS 2 the two cars were from 50th and Cicero where drivers were drifting down the street and the two vehicles were drag racing.
“As we see more and more of these incidents happening, we need to talk about the root causes,” Ald said. Byron Sigcho-Lopez.
Chaos has spread through his Chinatown neighborhood near Lumber and Cermak. He voted for a recent ordinance that says anyone who participates in illegal street racing or drifting on any street, highway or public thoroughfare in Chicago could be fined $5,000 to $10,000. $ and the cars involved can be seized.
“This order has been in effect for the past month, and we see these incidents not stopping,” Sigcho-Lopez said. “They didn’t stop. On the contrary, they got worse and worse.”
The Chicago Police Department tells us that six police cars were damaged while trying to disperse the crowd in Chinatown. Several people gathering, blocking intersections, waking up several West Loop neighbors like Jo Ann Coughlin.
“It was very scary. I always felt quite safe in this neighborhood until recently,” she said.
Coughlin recorded a video from his balcony of people doing drag races in his neighborhood.
“I’m afraid it will happen again, and I’m afraid it will get worse and worse.”
According to CPD, the 27-year-old driver is facing cations for an obstructed windshield and a pedestrian in the roadway, but this sergeant tells us the driver could also face manslaughter.