Police: Wilmette car must have been in another crash


Evanston police say the Toyota Corolla driven by a 63-year-old Wilmette woman that struck a bicycle, a motor scooter and two cars Sunday morning must have been involved in yet another crash that's not accounted for.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the car shows damage to the driver's door from "some type of heavy impact that is not accounted for based on the investigation of the three known crashes by police."

Police are seeking further information about how that damage occurred. Anyone with information regarding an additional crash the Toyota may have been involved in is asked to call Evanston police at 847-866-5000.

Meanwhile, the condition of they bicyclist, a 48-year-old Chicago man, has been upgraded from critical to serious, but he remains in the intensive care unit at St. Francis Hospital.

Parrott says the driver of the Toyota is also still hospitalized at St. Francis. He says preliminary screenings for alcohol and illicit substances in her system were negative. However, further testing will be performed from blood samples that will be sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab.

The Evanston Police Department’s traffic bureau officers, special operations group investigators with the help from the NORTAF Major Crash Assistance Team have investigated the sequence of events Sunday and are working with the Felony Review Unit of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office on criminal charges. A final determination of criminal charges is expected sometime tonight.

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