4 Injured When Police Chase Ends in Crash

Officers said they saw a gun in the car when they approached and the man fled the scene

Monday, May 19, 2014  |  Updated 5:56 AM CDT
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Four people, including two children, were injured when a man fleeing police crashed into another vehicle in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood. Emily Florez reports.

Four people, including two children, were injured when a man fleeing police crashed into another vehicle in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood. Emily Florez reports.

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A 23-year-old driver allegedly fled a traffic stop Saturday night and crashed into a car, injuring two adults and two children, police said.

Police pulled the driver over just before 11:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Homan Avenue after they said they observed him using an alley as a thoroughfare.

Officers saw a gun in the car when they approached and the man fled the scene, according to authorities.

The chase ended when the man struck a vehicle in the 2400 block of West Roosevelt Road, sending that vehicle careening into a nearby bus shelter.

Two toddlers, ages 1 and 2, were transported along with a 35-year-old passenger to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.

A 28-year-old woman, who was driving the car that was struck, was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, officials said.

Police said 23-year-old Kristian Hoodenbach was arrested and charged with felony aggravated fleeing and one count of posession of a replica firearm. He also received three traffic citations.

A weapon was recovered from the scene, authorities said.

The bus shelter at Western Avenue and Roosevelt Road has been moved down the block.

“I would have never survived. Anyone who was there would have never survived,” said David Sumrell, who was on his way to the bus stop when the accident happened. “The shelter just exploded, just exploded.”

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