Bail set at $210K for Wilmette woman accused of Evanston crashes

Patrick Svitek, Reporter

A Wilmette woman has been ordered to be held on a $210,000 bond following her arrest in connection with a series of hit-and-run crashes in Evanston, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

Annemarie T. O’Shaughnessy, 63, faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges related to the crashes, including aggravated fleeing and eluding police, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, reckless driving and criminal damage to property, according to police. O’Shaughnessy, of the 1500 block of Isabella Street, was also issued 13 traffic-related citations, including six misdemeanor offenses accusing her of leaving the scene of an accident and failing to provide information in a traffic crash.

The crashes started Sunday morning near the intersection of Church Street and Ridge Avenue, where O’Shaughnessy hit a vehicle with her 2007 Toyota and fled the scene, police said. She went on to strike a second vehicle, a female on a motor scooter and a man riding a bicycle, according to authorities.

The bicyclist was in serious condition at St. Francis Hospital as of Monday, according to police. Authorities said the scooter driver was treated for minor injuries.

Preliminary tests for alcohol and illegal substances in O’Shaughnessy’s system were negative, police said Monday. Authorities planned to send her blood samples to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for further examination.

O’Shaughnessy’s next court date is May 2, said Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

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