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Man charged with murder after crash that killed elderly bystander

SHARE Man charged with murder after crash that killed elderly bystander
SHARE Man charged with murder after crash that killed elderly bystander

A Roseland man eluding police allegedly crashed into other motorists during the South Side chase, killing one man and injuring four people, including an elderly woman who ended up paralyzed as a result of the serious injuries she suffered in the wreck.

Paul Forbes, who was driving on a suspended license, ran two red lights in Monday’s incident and almost hit a CTA bus at 75th and Martin Luther King Drive.

But instead, Forbes crashed into two cars at a high rate of speed, causing a deadly chain reaction that claimed the life of 66-year-old Willie Owens, Cook County prosecutors said.

Officers were chasing 26-year-old Forbes after he fled at a high rate of speed when they tried to stop him for a traffic violation in the 7500 block of South St. Lawrence, authorities said.

Forbes initially slowed down, but as one officer got out of the squad car, he zoomed off in his silver Pontiac, Assistant State’s Attorney Kim Przekota said. He was traveling 80 to 90 mph when he slammed into a mother and daughter, according to data obtained from his car’s airbag control module, Przekota said.

Forbes first hit a Saturn occupied by a 71-year-old woman and her 88-year-old mother, Przekota said. The Saturn became airborne and ended up striking a fence, Przekota said. The women were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The younger woman suffered multiple spinal and rib fractures. Her mother was treated for broken vertebrae and spinal injury causing paralysis, Przekota said.

Forbes also hit Owens, who was outside in the roadway tending to the front bumper of his truck, which had become disabled earlier, Przekota said. Owen’s leg was severed when he was pinned between the two cars and the rest of his body was flung 15 feet in the air, Przekota said.

During that collision, Owens’ truck was pushed into a Chevy Sedan that had two people inside, Przekota said. Those victims suffered minor injuries and were treated at Jackson Park Hospital and released.

Forbes also was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.

Forbes, of the 10300 block of South Rhodes, was ordered held without bail Thursday.

He was charged with murder, aggravated fleeingandaggravated battery causinggreat bodily harm. Forbes also was charged with misdemeanor driving with a suspended license, and a citation for disobeying a red light was issued.

His driver’s license is suspended for moving violations and insurance-related matters, Przekota said.

Forbes has a previous drug conviction from LaSalle County.

He also had a warrant for his arrest in a 2014 home invasion. That charge stemmed from an incident in which Forbes allegedly barged into an ex-girlfriend’s home with a gun and threatened to shoot, Przekota said.

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