Officer Killed in Lake Shore Drive Crash

Pronounced dead at hospital

By Andrew Greiner
|  Monday, Feb 22, 2010  |  Updated 2:15 PM CDT
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A Chicago Police Officer has died after losing control of his squad car on Lake Shore Drive and hitting a tree Monday morning, according to Chicago Police News Affairs.

Officer Alan Haymaker, 56, was responding to a burglary in progress when his squad car left the road, hit a light pole and finally a tree. He was pinned in the car for some time.

The accident occurred at 5:06 am at the 4100 block of Lake Shore Drive. The burglary was reported at 3167 N. Clark, at the Consolidated Communications building.

Police closed down all four southbound lanes to investigate the accident for a short time.

After the crash,  Haymaker was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where was pronounced dead at 7:33 a.m. Haymaker comes from a long line of cops. His Grandfather, father and uncle all served on the force. 

Haymaker, who had been serving from the 23rd precint since December, is survived byhis wife and three daughters.

Police said icy roads may have been a factor in the crash. The accident happened in the midst of a Winter Weather Advisory that warned of slick roads and poor visibility. 

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