Wilmette woman held on $210K bond for Evanston crashes

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(EVANSTON) A 63-year-old woman faces a litany of charges after she went on an “erratic” driving rampage, striking three cars, a scooter and a cyclist — seriously injuring him — in north suburban Evanston on Sunday.

Ann Marie O’Shaughnessy, 63, is charged with felony aggravated fleeing and eluding police, two felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, a misdemeanor count of reckless driving, and five misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property, authorities said. She was also cited for 13 traffic offenses.

Ann Marie O’Shaughnessy

O’Shaughnessy, of the 1500 block of Isabella Street in Wilmette, is being held on a $210,000 bond at the Cook County Jail, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Police responded to a hit-and-run crash at 10:30 a.m. Sunday after O’Shaughnessy — driving a 2007 Toyota — struck a vehicle at the intersection of Church Street and Ridge Avenue, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said.

She then ran into a scooter and another vehicle in the 600 block of Chicago Avenue, Parrott said. The female driver of the scooter took herself to Presence Saint Francis Hospital with minor injuries, he said.

O’Shaughnessy then hit a 48-year-old cyclist near the intersection of Custer Avenue and Main Street, police said. That person was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in critical condition. His status was later upgraded to serious.

About 11 a.m., an Evanston officer in an unmarked squad car spotted the heavily damaged Toyota in the 4600 block of Main Street, near the Evanston-Skokie border, police said.

Officers from both departments surrounded the vehicle, and the driver was taken into custody.

O’Shaughnessy was screened for alcohol and illicit substances, but results were negative. Further testing will be performed from blood samples to be sent to the Illinois State Police crime lab, police said.

O’Shaughnessy is next scheduled to appear in court in Skokie on May 2.

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