CHICAGO (CBS) — It was a wild night for police as they responded to multiple street racing calls throughout Chicago. And a woman died in the cahos.
The markings now cover the intersection at Morgan and Washington in the West Loop. It’s one of many intersections that clearly show where the street bums were making donuts. The chaos spread from the West Loop to Chinatown and Burbank, where the Chicago Fire Department said one person was hit by a car and killed.
Chicago police say a 27-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were speeding and heading south on Cicero near 65th Street. The man changed lanes, striking the other driver and a woman from 40 years he was in the crosswalk.
That woman was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where she died.
A Chicago police sergeant told CBS 2 that the two cars were coming from 50th and Cicero Street, where drivers were drifting down the street, and the two vehicles were drag racing.
“When we see more and more of these incidents happening, we have to talk about the root causes,” Ald said. Byron Sigcho-Lopez.
The chaos spread to his district in Chinatown, near Lumber and Cermak. He voted in favor of a recent ordinance that says anyone who engages in illegal street racing or skidding on any Chicago street, highway or thoroughfare could be fined between $5,000 and $10,000 and the cars involved could be impounded.
“This ordinance has been in place since last month and we see that these incidents are not stopping,” Sigcho-López said. “They haven’t stopped. If anything, they’ve gotten worse and worse.”
The Chicago Police Department tells us that six patrol cars were damaged while trying to disperse the crowd in Chinatown. Multiple people gathering, blocking intersections, waking up multiple West Loop neighbors like Jo Ann Coughlin.
“It was very stressful. I always felt pretty safe in this neighborhood until recently,” she said.
Coughlin shot video from his balcony of people running races in his neighborhood.
“I’m afraid it’s going to happen again, and I’m afraid it’s going to escalate and get worse.”
According to CPD, the 27-year-old driver faces citations for an obstructed front windshield and a pedestrian in the road, but that sergeant tells us the driver could also face manslaughter.