Driver gets probation for South Loop crash that killed 1, injured 6

Kendall Sprouts and a video frame showing the moment before impact. | Chicago Police Department; Neal Edelstein

CHICAGO — The driver who swerved into the wrong lanes and slammed into another vehicle while speeding in the South Loop, killing one person and injuring six others, could have the matter scrubbed from his record if he completes three years of “second chance probation.”

Kendall Sprouts, 19, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of reckless homicide in exchange for the probation term from Judge Carol Howard, according to court records.

City surveillance camera footage showed Chicago police officers pulling over a Hyundai Sonata in the 1400 block of South Michigan around 8 p.m. on November 20, 2022. The driver and CPD squad car, which had its blue lights activated, stopped in southbound lanes.

As the police officers walked toward the stopped car, the Hyundai’s driver pulled away, apparently planning to make a U-turn as they crossed the double lines. The cars then collided with an oncoming SUV.

At that moment, an Infiniti G37 driven by Sprouts sped into camera view, t-boning the Hyundai and killing its driver, 22-year-old Keyshawn Gray, prosecutors said last year. An 18-year-old woman in the Hyundai was severely injured. Officials said that Sprouts, another passenger in the Sonata, and three people in the SUV were also treated at hospitals.

Prosecutors estimated that Sprouts, a college football player with no criminal background, was traveling about 75 mph at the time of the collision. Tests showed he was not under the influence of any substance at the time of the crash.

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