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Visitation Scheduled For 911 Dispatcher Killed In Crash

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A 911 dispatcher for the city of Chicago was killed when her car was struck by an SUV in the Bucktown neighborhood as she was driving home from work on July 10, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

A 911 dispatcher for the city of Chicago was killed when her car was struck by an SUV in the Bucktown neighborhood as she was driving home from work on July 10, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon for a Chicago 911 dispatcher who was killed in a tragic crash over the weekend.

Marciea Adkins, 42, was killed when a sporty-utility vehicle that was being chased by police slammed into her car in the Bucktown neighborhood early Sunday.

Her visitation is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Josaphat’s Church, 2311 N. Southport Ave.

Marquis Harrison, 16, is charged as an adult with one count each of first-degree murder, burglary, and misdemeanor driving under the influence.

The honor student at Urban Prep Academy in East Garfield Park was drunk on vodka and high on ecstasy and marijuana when he stole the SUV he was driving, fled from a traffic stop and crashed into Adkins’ car, police and prosecutors said.

His bond was set at $1 million Monday.

Harrison is a sophomore at Urban Prep Academy in East Garfield Park, where he is an honor roll student and a member of the football and basketball teams, according to his public defender. He is due back in court on Aug. 1.

He was also ticketed for disobeying a red traffic light and for failing to stop at a stop sign, police said.

Prosecutors said he stole a Range Rover on Michigan Avenue on Sunday, after the 45-year-old owner of the SUV left the vehicle running while he fed a parking meter box.

Minutes later, Harrison was pulled over at Elston Avenue and Blackhawk Street after running a red light a mile north at Webster Avenue, police said.

As the officers were exiting their vehicle, Harrison allegedly backed up toward the officers and then struck the vehicle of a police supervisor who was on the scene.

The Range Rover fled the scene and officers gave chase. The SUV ran a stop sign while driving north on Hoyne Avenue, then struck Adkins’ car at the intersection of Hoyne and Armitage avenues. The SUV then hit a parked car and Harrison fled the scene on foot, but was arrested a short time later.

Adkins was driving home from a night shift at OEMC at the time. The Range Rover hit the driver’s side of her sedan, causing severe damage.

Even the weighty Range Rover that slammed into Adkins’ car was also reduced to pieces.

Adkins worked as a 911 dispatcher for the city of Chicago since December 1996. She was returning home from the overnight shift at the Office of Emergency Management and Communications when the Range Rover slammed into her car.

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