Passenger Killed When Car Rams Police Vehicle On West Side

CHICAGO (CBS) — A passenger was killed Tuesday evening when a vehicle crashed into a police squad car on the city’s West Side.

The car was headed south on Central Avenue at Madison Street just before 8 p.m., when its driver ran a red light and slammed into a police squad car. The squad car was heading east on Madison Street, and had the green light, police said.

A woman in the passenger seat was taken to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, where she was pronounced dead, police said. She is identified as Geanne Ortega, 55, of the 3100 block of North Nordica Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Two police officers were also hospitalized at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The offending driver, Jessica Ortega, 28, of the 3700 block of North Nordica Avenue, was taken to Stroger Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. She was also ticketed for failure to reduce speed, disobeying a red light, damage to city property, and having expired license plates, no driver’s license and no insurance.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • dan

    Poor Jessica, she killed her mother and now she probably will be deported :(

  • Fast Ed

    She won’t be deported.

    She will run away to Mexico to avoid punishment for all the laws she had broken, and to avoid paying for all of the uninsured damage she has done.

    We the tax payers will be obligated to pay for the new squad car and for the huge hospital bills.

    Poor Jessica.

  • elena

    she should be deported. she killed someone because she couldnt stop at a red light, she obviously shouldnt have been driving anyway since she didnt have a license

    • Fast Ed

      She should be jailed (as an American would be).

      It’s not fair that all she gets is a free plane ticket “home”.

  • Tired of Morons Who Post Irrelevant Comments

    Your all idiots and hatemongers! Just because her last name was Ortega doesn’t mean she’s not an American citizen. Where were your ancestors born…let me guess they all evolved right here in the US. Like I said your all idiots!

    • CFLC

      Welcome to the new Chicago

  • Bob Hamilton

    Here are some helpful driving tips for unlicensed drivers; Red lights and yellow lights mean stop. Use your turn signals and seat belts and drive just a little slower than the speed limit. Keep your eyes on the road at all times and maintain situational awareness at all times. Do not allow yourself to become distracted and do not drive while impaired. Be sure that your car has all of its lights and signals working and is in good working order. Avoid broadsiding Chicago Police vehicles if possible.

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