Man Charged With Fleeing Cops, Killing Woman In River North Crash

A Lincolnwood man who sped away from cops, then crashed into a taxi cab, killing a woman Wednesday night has been charged with multiple felonies, including murder, according to a statement from Chicago police.

Hussain | CPD

Ammar Hussain, 27, fled from officers who tried to pull him over after a records check “revealed a discrepancy” in his Jeep’s license plate, police said early Saturday. Hussain’s Cherokee collided with a taxi after he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Dearborn and Grand. The collision killed 66-year-old Wisconsin psychiatrist Diana Lampsa who was riding in the cab’s back seat.

Police said Hussain’s Jeep also struck a 45-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman who were standing near the intersection. They each suffered a broken leg, police said. The cab driver, 64, suffered minor injuries.

Hussain is charged with one felony count of murder; felony aggravated fleeing through two or more traffic devices; three felony counts of aggravated fleeing causing bodily injury, and misdemeanor fleeing-eluding police. He was also cited for numerous traffic violations. He is due in bond court on Saturday afternoon.

Two people who were in Hussain’s car at the time of the crash were released without charges.

Early Wednesday, police said that officers were trying to stop Hussain because they receive information that the Jeep had been reported stolen.

Lampsa was in town visiting her boyfriend of ten years, according to the Chicago Tribune. She was in a cab returning to the man’s Gold Coast home after taking in a play at the Goodman Theater, the paper reported.

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