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Wilmette Woman Charged After Injuring Cyclist In Evanston Crash

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EVANSTON, Ill. (STMW) – A 63-year-old woman is facing a litany of charges after she went on an “erratic” driving rampage, striking three cars, a scooter and a cyclist — seriously injuring him — in north suburban Evanston on Sunday.

Annemarie T. O’Shaugnessy, 63, of the 1500 block of Isabella Street in Wilmette, was charged with felony aggravated fleeing and eluding police, two felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, one misdemeanor count of reckless driving, and five misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property, according to Evanston police. She was also cited for 13 traffic offenses.

Police initially responded to a hit-and-run crash at 10:30 a.m. Sunday after O’Shaugnessy — driving a 2007 Toyota — struck a vehicle at the intersection of Church Street and Ridge Avenue, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said.

She then ran into a scooter and another vehicle in the 600 block of Chicago Avenue, Parrott said. The female driver of the scooter took herself to Presence Saint Francis Hospital with minor injuries, he said.

O’Shaugnessy then hit a 48-year-old cyclist near the intersection of Custer Avenue and Main Street, police said. That person was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in critical condition. His status was later upgraded to serious, and he is currently in the intensive care unit.

About 11 a.m., an Evanston officer in an unmarked squad car spotted the heavily damaged vehicle in the 4600 block of Main Street, near the Evanston-Skokie border, police said.

Officers from both departments surrounded the Toyota, and the driver was taken into custody.

O’Shaugnessy was screened for alcohol and illicit substances, but results were negative. Further testing will be performed from blood samples to be sent to the Illinois State Police crime lab, police said.

Bond information was not immediately available for O’Shaugnessy, who is next scheduled to appear in court April 21.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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