Arrest in fatal River North car crash
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(Above) Four days after a fatal accident at Dearborn & Grand, traffic cones mark where part of a fence in front of the Fort Dearborn Post Office was demolished.

24-Jun-18 – A Lincolnwood man who allegedly crashed into a taxi, killing a woman, while fleeing police has been charged with multiple felonies, including murder.

Ammar Hussain Police say Ammar Hussain (left), age 27, was the driver of a white Jeep Cherokee that was spotted speeding south on State Street in River North last Wednesday at about 10:54 p.m. A check of the license plate revealed the Jeep had been reported stolen, according to police. A squad car tried to pull over the Jeep, but Hussain turned right onto Grand Avenue, allegedly ran a red light at Grand & Dearborn, and collided with a taxi traveling north on Dearborn Street.

The collision killed a 66-year-old psychiatrist visiting from Wisconsin who was the only passenger in the taxi. Police say the taxi struck a 45-year-old man and 48-year-old woman who were standing near the intersection, each of them suffering a broken leg. The 64-year-old cab driver, whose air bag deployed, sustained minor injuries.

Dr. Diana Lampsa (right) was founder of Great Lakes Psychiatric Care Center, a 25-employee clinic in Manitowoc. She hailed the taxi from Goodman Theatre on Dearborn Street, where she had seen a play, according to an obituary, and was on her way to visit her boyfriend who lived in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Diana Lampsa, M.D.

Hussain was arrested shortly after the crash. He is charged with murder, fleeing through two or more traffic devices, and multiple counts of fleeing causing bodily injury, all felonies, along with various traffic violations. He was due in bond court on Saturday.

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News | sdahlman@loopnorth.com

Published 24-Jun-18 4:53 PM

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