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Off-Duty Chicago Cop Loses Relieved of Duties Following River North Crash Leaving Pedestrian Dead

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Officer faces consequences after plowing into pedestrian on sidewalk, killing her

A Chicago police officer has been stripped of her law enforcement powers after a fatal accident in River North. The crash unfolded at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Thursday in the 300 block of North State Street.

According to law enforcement, the 40-year-old off-duty officer was behind the wheel of a white SUV when she lost control, careening onto the sidewalk and colliding with a 56-year-old pedestrian. The victim suffered severe traumatic injuries and was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was declared deceased.

Reports suggest that a Chicago Police Department holiday party took place nearby at the House of Blues on Wednesday night. However, it remains uncertain whether the involved officer attended the event.

The officer now faces multiple citations, including failure to reduce speed, failure to stay in lanes, negligent driving, and using a cell phone while driving. Additionally, she has been relieved of her police powers, marking the gravity of the situation.


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