CHICAGO (SCS) — A driver pulling away from a traffic stop struck several people, including a child and a police officer, in Chicago’s River North neighborhood on Saturday night.
According to the Chicago Police Department, a police sergeant stopped the driver of a red Hyundai near Grand Avenue and North State Street, and when he asked the driver to get out of his vehicle, the driver refused, started his vehicle and drove off.
A witness assisting the sergeant making the stop went to process paperwork for the couple sitting inside the car when that couple decided to leave.
As they drove away, they ran into the sergeant and swerved into a crowd of people passing through State and Grand, police said.
There were conflicting reports from the CPD and the Chicago Fire Department shortly after the incident, but up to five people were affected.
Among those beaten were a 5- to 7-year-old girl and a woman.
According to the CPD, the girl was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The woman was taken to Northwestern Medical Center in good condition. And the CPD officer was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A witness described the victims tumbling through the air. Video on the Citizen app shows a bird’s eye view of what appears to be one of the victims lying on the ground just after being struck.
“All I hear is a scream and I turn around behind me, and the officer is laying there, they’re all trying to get at the other officer. It was weird. He was just laying there at screaming, like, whirling in pain. And I just saw a lady fly through the air because he hit the lady so much. And she fell,” China Robinson said.
She said the woman’s husband then dragged her from the street where she felt to the sidewalk.
“I stood there looking around. There were drinks everywhere. People were screaming. It was total chaos,” she said.
The intersection was cordoned off for hours on Saturday evening.
The driver fled. No one was in custody Saturday night.