Woman Accused of Attempting Suicide With Baby in Car

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    Emergency crews respond to a crash involving two cars that may have been a result off a chase. (Published Tuesday, March 4, 2014)

    Police say a woman was trying to commit suicide by intentionally crashing into two cars Tuesday with her baby strapped into a car seat in her SUV.

    Elizabeth Kruger, 28, of Evergreen Park is charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated fleeing and eluding, one count of leaving the Scene of a personal injury accident, one count of endangering the life of a child and several more traffic offenses.

    SUV Crashes Into Home After Alleged Hit-And-Run Crash

    [CHI] SUV Crashes Into Home After Alleged Hit-And-Run Crash
    Police say driver smashed into car and veered into the front of a house. (Published Tuesday, March 4, 2014)

    Police say Kruger purposely crashed her BMW SUV into a car at 79th Street and New England in Burbank, and drove away.

    A Burbank officer later located the SUV and tried to pull Kruger over, but police say she accelerated away and smashed into another vehicle at the intersection of 87th Street and New England.

    The SUV continued south before crashing into a home in the 6900 block W. 87th Street in Oak Lawn.

    Police say interviews with witnesses and statements made by Kruger revealed that she was attempting to commit suicide, knowing that it also would have ended the life of her child. Police say Kruger continued driving after her first attempt at a suicide crash failed.

    The infant is still at a local hospital but is listed in good condition. The other two drivers also suffered non life-threatening injuries.

    Kruger appeared in court Thursday where bond was set at $1 million.