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1 Killed After Off-Duty Officer Crashes Car Into Building in Gresham: Police

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the 24-year-old cop is being charged with a DUI

A woman was killed Sunday after an off-duty officer crashed his car into a building trying to avoid a collision in Gresham, police said.

At about 2:42 a.m. Sunday, the officer was driving eastbound in his Toyota sedan in the 1700 block of West 87th Street and tried to turn left onto Wood Street, Chicago police said. Another vehicle tried to turn left onto Wood at the same time and cut the Toyota off.

The 24-year-old officer tried to prevent crashing into the other vehicle and made a sharp turn, jumped the curb, plowed through a building and hit two women, police said.

A 34-year-old woman was pinned underneath the car and was later pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. The second woman, 35, suffered a leg injury. She was taken to the same hospital in good condition.

The officer injured his neck and was also taken to Christ Medical Center where his condition was stabilized, police said.

The other vehicle kept driving and its whereabouts are unknown, police said.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson confirmed the officer, who has been on the force for three years, is expected to be charged with a DUI.

Chicago police’s Major Accidents unit is investigating.

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