Driver was high on PCP when he plowed into a bus stop, critically injuring 2: prosecutors

Michael Zoumah, inset, and a view of the scene as broadcast by CBS2 on the evening of the crash. (Chicago Police Department, CBS2)

CHICAGO — A Chicago man was high on PCP when he crashed into another car, then plowed into a CTA bus stop, leaving two people with life-altering injuries, prosecutors said as they filed charges in the case.

The crash occurred nearly two years ago, on August 26, 2022, at 63rd Street and Halsted. A 54-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man were seated at a bus stop when Michael Zoumah sped through a red light at the intersection and struck another car, officials said.

Zoumah’s GMS Envoy continued onto the sidewalk and struck the two victims at the bus stop. A third person who was in the area ran from the crash but was struck by debris, a Chicago police report said.

The female victim had to have both of her legs amputated below the knees, prosecutors said in a detention petition. The man suffered a broken leg and a broken pelvis. He lost all of the toes on his right foot and two on his left foot, according to the CPD report.

They also took Zoumah, now 30 years old, to a hospital for treatment. Testing of a DUI kit and biological materials collected at the hospital revealed that he was under the influence of PCP, prosecutors said. Testing also revealed the presence of THC metabolites, according to a criminal complaint. He was also driving without a license, officials said.

Chicago police arrested Zoumah when he showed up at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for a hearing in a pending felony shoplifting case this month. Court filings do not indicate why it took so long for charges to be approved.

He faces two counts of aggravated DUI causing bodily harm. Judge William Fahy granted the state’s detention petition.

CBS2 reported on the evening of the crash that seven people, including two children, sustained injuries. Court filings only mention four people: Zoumah, the two victims seated at the bus stop, and the person struck by debris. The records do not make any references to the people who were in the car Zoumah allegedly struck.

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