A 63-year Wilmette woman is facing multiple charges after a dangerous and destructive drive through the streets of Evanston on April 6. Police have not yet said what caused the woman's "erratic" rampage that injured two people, one of them seriously. However, no alcohol and illegal drugs were found during initial testing.
Evanston police officers first became aware of the woman's driving spree when a hit-and-run collision was reported that Sunday morning. She allegedly hit a vehicle at Ridge Avenue and Church Street. Police say she next hit a female riding a scooter on Chicago Avenue. That victim suffered only minor injuries and was even able to get herself to Presence Saint Francis Hospital on her own. The Wilmette woman, who was in a 2007 Toyota, also hit another vehicle in that area, according to police.
The worst collision, according to authorities, occurred near Main Street and Custer Avenue. They say the woman struck a cyclist. He was hospitalized in critical condition. His condition was upgraded, but he remained in Presence Saint Francis Hospital's intensive care unit.
An Evanston police officer noted a badly-damaged vehicle near the border of Evanston and Skokie around 11 a.m. Officers arrested her there. She is facing felony charges for leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and aggravated fleeing and eluding police. She is also facing six misdemeanor charges -- five counts of criminal damage to property and one count of reckless driving. Police also cited her for multiple traffic violations.
The Illinois State Police crime lab is testing the woman's blood samples. She is due in court on April 21.
A great deal of harm and damage can be caused in an instant by someone not properly operating a vehicle. Victims of auto accidents may need long-term medical treatment and/or rehabilitation and overwhelming medical bills. If a driver can be held liable in civil court, victims and their families may be able to recoup these costs to help them relieve the financial burden as they work to heal and move forward with their lives.
Source: WBBM-TV Chicago, "Wilmette Woman Charged After Injuring Cyclist In Evanston Crash" No author given, Apr. 08, 2014