Driver charged with DUI after running light and causing crash that killed 14-year-old girl at bus stop, police say

Dwayne Owens, 32, drove a Mercedes through a red light at 79th Street and Racine Avenue on Friday and crashed into a Jeep, sending it into a bus stop at the corner, authorities said.

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The Leighton Criminal Courthouse at 26th Street and South California.

The Leighton Criminal Courthouse at 26th Street and South California.

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A man faces DUI and gun charges after he ran a red light on the South Side and caused a crash that killed a 14-year-old waiting at a bus stop with her mother, Chicago police said.

Dwayne Owens, 32, drove a Mercedes through the light at 79th Street and Racine Avenue on Friday and crashed into a Jeep, sending it into a bus stop at the corner, according to a police report.

The Jeep pinned Angela Short, 14, against a Walgreens sign, the report states. The child was rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital and pronounced dead.

Her mom was also struck and hospitalized in critical condition. The driver of the Jeep went to a hospital in fair condition.

Owens was also taken to a hospital, where his blood-alcohol level registered at 0.233, far above the legal limit of .08, court documents show. Police allegedly found a 9mm handgun on the passenger side floor board of his car.

Owens, from West Englewood, remained hospitalized for his Monday bond hearing, when a judge ordered him held on $250,000 bail, court records show. He was listed as a detainee at Cook County Jail on Friday, according to county records.

He was charged with aggravated unauthorized use of a weapon, aggravated DUI in an accident causing death, aggravated DUI in an accident causing bodily harm, and a misdemeanor count of driving an uninsured vehicle.

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