Driver was going 75 mph in wrong lane when he hit a car that was eluding police in South Loop: prosecutors


A man is accused for his involvement in a accident which killed one man and injured several others Sunday on Michigan Avenue in the South Ring.

Kendall Sprouts, 18, was charged with reckless homicide with a motor vehicle and aggravated reckless driving causing bodily harm.

Police were conducting a traffic stop on a Hyundai Sonata around 8 p.m. on the 1400 block of South Michigan Avenue when the driver made a sudden U-turn as officers approached on foot, officials said.


The video appears to show Sprouts driving a high-speed Infiniti G-37 in reverse traffic when it hit the Sonata as it was making a U-turn. Prosecutors say Sprouts was going 75 mph.

The driver of the Hyundai, Keyshawn Javon Gray, 22, was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. While Gray was trying to shoot his Sonata, he was boarded, the video shows.

Two other Sonata passengers were hospitalized as a result of their injuries. An 18-year-old and a 21-year-old were taken to Stroger hospital in fair condition, prosecutors said.

Sprouts was transported to Stroger Hospital where he was listed in fair condition.

A third car, a Jeep, carrying a 32-year-old woman with a 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy was also hit in the crash. They were all taken to the Stroger hospital where they were listed in fair condition.

The video shows Gray starting to pull into the oncoming lane as Sprouts was presumably heading towards the Jeep, apparently preventing the SUV from being directly hit.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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