Driver slams into pedestrians while fleeing traffic stop in River North; 5-year-old among 3 injured

Police are looking for a driver who sped away from a traffic stop in River North, injuring a 5-year-old girl, a woman, and a Chicago police sergeant as he plowed through a busy crosswalk Saturday night, according to CPD.

It happened moments after 8 p.m. at the intersection of State and Grand.

A city surveillance camera recorded the incident.

Police said officers stopped a red Hyundai and asked the driver to step out of the car. But the man refused. He put the car into gear and drove off, striking the sergeant and plowing into pedestrians who were using the crosswalk directly in front of him, according to police and the video.

He continued traveling west on Grand then north on Clark Street, officers said.

EMS took the girl to Lurie Children’s Hospital in good condition, according to a CPD statement. Police said ambulances took the woman to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition and the sergeant’s injuries were “non-life threatening,” according to a CPD statement.

Police found the Hyundai unoccupied on the 200 block of West Superior shortly after the incident. They continue to look for the driver.

CWB Chicago will post updated information as it becomes available.

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