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Driver charged with hitting car while trying to escape police in Near South Side

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Reckless murder charges were filed against a driver who struck a car while trying to escape police in the Near South Side last weekend.

Kendall Sprouts, 18, was speeding and driving in the wrong lane when his Infiniti crashed into a Hyundai Sonata at the 1400 block of South Michigan Avenue around 8 p.m. Sunday, according to Chicago police.

Hyundai driver Keyshaun Javon Gray, 22, was stopped by police inside the block before it took off, police said.

A traffic accident report and video of the crash posted on Twitter show Gray attempting to make a U-turn into the opposite lane. I was. According to reports.

After the initial crash, two parked cars collided with three other vehicles, including a Jeep Compass driven by a 32-year-old woman and carrying two teenagers, according to the report. .

The video shows Gray beginning to pull into the opposite lane as Sprout fires head-on into the Jeep, apparently preventing the SUV from a direct hit.

Gray was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead, officials said. An 18-year-old Hyundai passenger has been taken to hospital and is in good health. A third passenger, his 21-year-old man, was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

Sprouts was also taken to Stroger in fair condition, along with the Jeep driver and its passengers, a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, according to police and reports.

Sprouts has been charged with reckless murder and aggravated reckless driving felony charges and was cited for not slowing down. He was scheduled to appear in bonded court on Wednesday.

He played as a wide receiver at Morgan Park High School and helped the team advance to the state playoffs this fall. He had promised to join the football team at St. Xavier’s University in the Far South Side.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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