Updated: Wilmette woman charged after 3 hit-and-run crashes

Julian Gerez, Assistant City Editor

A 63-year-old woman was charged with three felonies after a series of car crashes in Evanston on Sunday morning that injured four people, including the driver.

The woman, a Wilmette resident, was driving the 2007 Toyota which was involved in the crashes, police said. She was arrested in connection with aggravated fleeing and eluding police and two counts of leaving the scene of a car accident involving injury, both felony charges. She was also charged with six other misdemeanors, including reckless driving and criminal damage to property, and issued 13 traffic-related citations. Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said the woman was released from the hospital but remains in police custody. Preliminary tests for alcohol and illicit substances came back negative.

The first hit-and-run crash occurred in the intersection of Church Street and Ridge Avenue in downtown Evanston at approximately 10:30 a.m, Parrott said. In the second crash a short time later, the same car struck another car and a motor scooter in south Evanston in the 600 block of Chicago Avenue. Police said the drivers of those two vehicles sustained minor injuries. The third crash occurred nearby in the intersection of Custer Avenue and Main Street, where the car hit a 48-year-old on his bike. Police said the cyclist, a Chicago resident, was admitted to the intensive care unit in the same hospital as the driver and was in serious but stable condition as Tuesday afternoon.

The woman is scheduled to appear in court April 21.

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