Chicago: One dead, six injured after driver crashed into vehicle escaping CPD traffic stop while traveling at 75 mph: official

Kendall Sprout | Neil Edelstein; Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO – A Chicago man was driving about 75 mph on the left side of the center line when he collided with another vehicle on Michigan Avenue, killing another driver and injuring six, including himself, according to reports. prosecutors said Wednesday.

Kendall Sprouts, 18, was ordered to post a $2,000 bail bond in order to be released from custody at a bail hearing before Judge Kelly McCarthy.

Spouts, a college football player with no criminal record, was driving his grandmother’s Infiniti G37 south on the 1400 block of South Michigan Avenue when another driver pulled the car away from a police stop and pulled a U.S. car in front of him. Attempted to complete a turn. the prosecutor said.

The Infiniti smashed into a Hyundai Sonata making a U-turn and came to a halt after colliding with a Jeep Compass heading north on Michigan Avenue and several parked cars.

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The state’s assistant attorney said the Jeep “would have been in the direct path of the defendant’s vehicle had it not been for the U-Turn Sonata.”

Prosecutors said preliminary tests showed Sprouts was unaffected by the substance at the time of the crash.

The crash killed 22-year-old Sonata driver Keyshawn Gray. Prosecutors said the 18-year-old woman who was in the passenger seat of Gray’s car is in intensive care with broken ribs, a broken spine and other serious injuries. All Sprouts were taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

“This is a terrifyingly sad situation. This was a car accident,” said Donna Rotunno, Sprouts’ private attorney. “When my client is driving down the street the right way, the car makes a U-turn in the middle of the road.”

Rotunno stressed that Gray was “running from the police” when he drove out of the stop.

She said Sprouts graduated from Morgan Park High School and plays for the football team at St. Olaf College near Minneapolis. She said he doesn’t drink, smoke, have tattoos or belong to a gang, and his family is “very close”.

Sprouts is charged with reckless homicide by motor vehicle and aggravated reckless driving that caused personal injury. Both charges can result in a suspended sentence if convicted.

McCarthy gave Sprout permission to return to Minnesota to continue his research.


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