A 40-year-old Brookfield man died from injuries he sustained when his motorcycle crashed into a car driven by a 19-year-old North Riverside woman, who was attempting to turn left from eastbound 47th Street onto Plainfield Road at about 10:15 p.m. on April 3.
Paramedics transported Lucas Hills, who was critically injured in the crash, to Loyola University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead the following morning at 7:38 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.
A 33-year-old Arlington Heights woman who was a passenger on the motorcycle was taken by paramedics to LaGrange Hospital, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released.
Police say the crash is still under investigation by the Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction Team, which had personnel on the scene until about 4:45 a.m. on April 4. The driver of the vehicle that turned in front of the motorcycle was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and for failure to yield while turning left. She was not injured.
Local delivery driver shot at in Chicago
A 38-year-old Brookfield man was unharmed, but his car was struck three times by bullets fired by an unknown person while the victim was making a food delivery in Chicago a little before midnight on March 31.
The victim told Brookfield police that he had turned onto the 4100 block of West 25th Place when he saw a man wearing a red baseball hat and black coat standing on the corner. The man attempted to flag the victim down, displaying a pistol in his hand.
When the victim saw the gun he accelerated to get away and then heard three shots fired, all of which struck the car, twice on the rear right fender and once in the trunk. Police said none of the rounds penetrated into the cabin of the car, but the rear windshield was shattered.
The victim called police to report the incident just after midnight on April 1 when he returned to Brookfield.
Road rage ends in rollover
A road rage incident late on April 2 resulted in a rollover crash at First and Forest avenues in Riverside and a pair of arrests for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
None of the four people in the two vehicles, a black 2014 Jeep and a 2015 Ford sedan, suffered serious injuries, said police, but both drivers were taken by paramedics to the hospital for treatment.
Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said on Monday that investigators were still gathering evidence and that at least one of the drivers may have been under influence of drugs.
Preliminary evidence gathered from video cameras at that location appear to indicate that a 21-year-old Brookfield woman driving the Jeep was driving behind the Ford, driven by a 39-year-old Riverside resident, westbound on Forest Avenue at about 11:45 p.m.
According to police, the driver of the Jeep got impatient because the Ford was traveling too slowly on Forest Avenue and passed the other vehicle. That angered the driver of the Ford, police said, who tried to overtake the Jeep. The two vehicles collided as they approached First Avenue.
The impact of the crash caused the Jeep, which also had two passengers, a 22-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, to roll over. The passengers were unhurt and refused medical treatment at the scene, police said.
The Ford continued and blew through a red light a First Avenue and narrowly missed hitting several other vehicles, police said. The driver tried to turn south on First Avenue, but ended up doing a U-turn and came to rest in the northbound lanes of traffic just south of Forest Avenue.
Police described the driver of the Ford as heavily intoxicated, extremely uncooperative and highly combative. Police said the driver of the Jeep also appeared intoxicated.
The driver of the Jeep was charged with DUI and cited for several traffic offenses. The driver of the Ford was also charged with DUI, improper overtaking or passing, and other traffic offenses.
Car stolen in North Riverside
A resident of the 2200 block of 17th Avenue, North Riverside, contacted police on March 31 to report that while he was out of town the prior two and a half weeks, someone stole his dark gray 2018 Dodge Charger with black rims, which he’d left parked at the rear of his building.
The man told police he confirmed that the vehicle had not been repossessed or towed from the parking lot and that he had the only two keys to the vehicle in his possession.
- North Riverside police responded to the 9000 block of Cermak Road on April 1 after a resident called to report that during the overnight hours someone had entered his vehicle and removed the vehicle’s title, insurance card, vehicle registration and owner’s manual from the glove compartment. The victim told police he was unsure if he had locked the vehicle.
- A resident of the 3100 block of Park Avenue, Brookfield, called police on April 1 to report that during the overnight hours someone entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked on the street, and removed a coin purse, a birth certificate and a Social Security card.
Church sign, donation box damaged
Someone wished a Brookfield church Happy Easter by breaking the glass protecting its sign board and pushing over the food bank drop box.
A member of New Life Community Church, 3801 Madison Ave., called police on Easter morning, April 4, to report the damage. The sign and drop box were last seen intact on April 2.
Drag racers near 90 mph
North Riverside charged a 24-year-old Bellwood man and a 23-year-old Hillside man with aggravated speeding after an officer on patrol reported observing two vehicles, a black Kia and a red Camaro, side by side traveling at 88 mph while westbound on Cermak Road at 7th Avenue at 7:05 p.m. on April 3.
The two men told police they were co-workers headed home after a shift as security guards.
Fight over keys to stolen car
North Riverside police are still looking for a 23-year-old Chicago man who reportedly started an altercation with his sister inside Red Robin, 2516 Harlem Ave., on the night of April 1, overturning a table and later eluding police by running away while an officer was trying to arrest him and then making it back to his car and driving away.
Police were called to the restaurant at about 8:10 p.m. and found the man and his 34-year-old sister fighting in the parking lot. The man told police that they were fighting over car keys he wanted back.
The restaurant manager told police he wanted both of them arrested for disorderly conduct after their altercation inside the restaurant caused several patrons to leave without paying.
The fight reportedly started inside the restaurant when the man confronted his sister, who allegedly responded by slapping him in the face. The man then reportedly flipped his sister’s table upside down, causing food and drinks to splatter throughout the restaurant.
When police went to place the man in handcuffs, he allegedly resisted and broke free, running into traffic on Harlem Avenue and then doubling back into the Costco parking lot where he got into his car and fled.
The keys the brother sought from his sister, and which police later obtained, reportedly belonged to a BMW that had been reported stolen sometime after 1 p.m. that day in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. The investigation continues.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 29-April 4 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.
— Compiled by Bob Uphues