Driver intentionally struck 2 people in River North, pinning one against a gas pump, prosecutors say

Rolanda Wilder (Chicago Police Department, Google)

CHICAGO — A woman intentionally ran over two people with her car in River North, chasing one down, then pinning another against a service station gas pump, before being pinned to the ground by a witness and held for Chicago police, officials said.

The details emerged as prosecutors charged the driver, 55-year-old Rolanda Wilder, with two counts of attempted murder in a detention hearing before Judge Charles Beach.

In a media statement released shortly after the incident, Chicago police said a driver “lost control of her vehicle” and struck a woman on the sidewalk before striking the man “who was standing outside of a gas station” around 3:53 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

But that’s not what happened, according to Wilder’s arrest report and prosecutors.

Wilder first struck a 29-year-old River North woman on the sidewalk in the 200 block of West Chicago Avenue, the arrest report said. The woman told police she tried to get out of the way, but Wilder steered her Toyota RAV4 directly at her, according to the report.

After striking the woman, Wilder drove across Chicago Avenue to the BP station at 750 North Wells. There, she got out of her SUV and punched a 19-year-old Bloomington woman in the face “multiple times,” prosecutors claimed.

She “exchanged words” with a 58-year-old man outside the station, returned to her SUV, and plowed into the man, pinning him against a gas pump with the vehicle, the police report said. He suffered two broken ribs.

After pinning the man, Wilder got out of her SUV and started to walk away from the scene, according to police. A witness grabbed her and pinned her to the ground.

Beach, the judge, detained Wilder as a safety threat at the state’s request.

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