Union officials believe it was a medical incident–not a mechanical fault or human error–that was behind this week’s deadly CTA rush hour bus crash.
A CTA bus driver has been ticketed for running a red light Tuesday evening before striking two pedestrians and several cars downtown, killing a 51-year-old woman, and injuring at least eight other people.
Nieyely Lopez died of “multiple blunt force traumatic injuries” she suffered at the intersection of Melton Road and Lake Street in Gary, according to a statement from the Lake County coroner’s office. She was taken to Methodists Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m.
About 11 p.m., a Mercury Marquis traveling east in the 4000 block of West Lake crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting a Pontiac Grand Am head-on, police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said.
The Fire Department said four people were injured when a steel I-beam came down at a construction site at the northeast corner of Lake and Canal streets around 9:15 a.m.
A weapon was not shown and no one was injured in the robbery, the FBI said.
Two women were sexually assaulted in the West Loop on Halloween, and police were asking for help tracking down the men they believe are responsible.
Witnesses said a Dodge Charger went around the crossing gates along Lake Street near Miller Avenue, then was hit by a CSX freight train and dragged about 50 yards.
A driver was arrested overnight, after twice fleeing from police officers who attempted a traffic stop, and crashing into another vehicle in west suburban Addison.
Nine Chicago Public Schools students were taken to hospitals with minor injuries Thursday after their school bus sideswiped a beam on their way to school, but the driver apparently didn’t report the accident right away.
In both cases, a man and a woman wearing scarves around their faces announced a holdup, and made off with cash.
Roy R. Lightfoot, 39, faces six felony counts of DUI and several misdemeanors including driving on a revoked license, operating an uninsured vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to reduce speed.
Smoke was reported from the one-story building at the True Way of Life Missionary Baptist Church at 7 a.m. The fire was quickly put out, and no one was injured.
Jaquan D. Hosey-Green, 19, and his 18-year-old brother, Dimitri J. Hosey-Green, both of the 1200 block of Fairfield in Joliet, are each charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Arin T. Williams.
About 7:35 p.m., 20-year-old Arin Williams was shot while he was in the bathroom of a restaurant in the 800 block of North Lake Street. About 8:25 p.m., 22-year-old Rachel Taylor was shot in the abdomen in the 500 block of Charles Street.
A grandfather, who on Tuesday night was simply making his way to a job he held for more than 30 years, never made it.
Just after 11 p.m., the man was found lying on the sidewalk in the 4200 block of West Lake Street with a gunshot wound to his head.
The victims are distracted, sucker punched, and then robbed of smart phones, purses or wallets.
In each case, the suspects smash windows to enter businesses, then take items inside, according to an alert issued by Near West District police.
A would-be cell phone bandit took a woman for “easy prey” Tuesday. Police say he knocked a woman using a crutch to the ground and swiped her cell phone in broad daylight.