Driver intentionally ran over woman in River North, police say
August 12, 2020 CWBChicago Near North, River North
An Albany Park man is facing murder and attempted murder charges for allegedly striking two women with his SUV in River North on Monday night — and then intentionally running over one of them again.
Police arrested Edgar Roman, age 25, at the 17th District (Albany Park) police station when he tried to report his heavily damaged vehicle stolen later that night, according to a CPD report.
Zoraleigh Ryan, a 55-year-old grandmother from Chandler, Arizona, and her 20-year-old daughter, were struck by a silver SUV as they waited to cross the intersection of State and Hubbard streets around 10:30 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The driver got out of the SUV, saw the women on the ground, and then circled back around to run over Ryan again, police reported. She was dragged for a half-block and was later pronounced dead at the scene, police said. …
Cops pursued the truck through River North until it rammed several barricades near the Merchandise Mart, causing its hood to fly off. …
A short time later, Roman walked into the Albany Park police station to report his truck stolen, according to CPD’s incident report. He was arrested. …
Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) told the Sun-Times he believes the hit-and-run is connected to the widespread looting that decimated downtown retail corridors this week.
“We have reason to believe that this vehicle was involved in looting,” the paper quoted Hopkins as saying. “Detectives have not made that determination yet. But, there’s some witness statements that suggest it.”
Also, the Ronald McDonald house, a charity that offers near-hospital housing for sick children and their families, was looted:
Looters smash the doors of the Ronald McDonald House in Streeterville with families and their sick children inside: pic.twitter.com/H1hkwJBaIv— DIANE PATHIEU (@pathieuabc7) August 11, 2020