Carjacker Snags Taxi In River North, Kills Woman In Auto Crash Nearby

A man who carjacked a taxi cab in River North on Tuesday evening crashed into two cars just blocks away, killing a woman, police said.

The 31-year-old cabbie was in his taxi in the 200 block of West Walton when a 29-year-old man opened the driver’s side door, struck him in the face, and forced him from the car around 10:45 p.m., according to police.

Minutes later, the stolen cab crashed into two other vehicles about a half-mile away, in the 800 block of North Larrabee. A woman who was driving one of the struck vehicles was later pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Police transported the taxi driver to the crash scene where he was able to positively identify the man who attacked him, police said in a statement overnight.

The carjacking suspect is in serious condition at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The cabbie is in good condition at Northwestern.

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