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Police Evidence Technician Gets Into Crash While En Route To Avondale Shooting

The officer was driving to a shooting in the 3200 block of North Kedzie. He's expected to be OK.

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LOGAN SQUARE — A Chicago Police evidence technician driving to the scene of a Logan Square shooting got into a traffic crash with another driver, leaving the officer with a head injury.

The evidence technician is said to be OK despite the early Saturday injury. He was treated and released from an area hospital.

It happened around 1:20 a.m. Saturday in the 2800 block of North Kedzie Avenue, according to police. Several squad scars were seen blocking off the intersection of Diversey and Kedzie avenues.

The evidence technician was on his way to a shooting scene when he crashed with a Pontiac driver traveling west on Diversey Avenue, according to a law enforcement source.

The officer was taken to an area hospital while the Pontiac driver was taken to Norwegian American Hospital with neck pain, as well as upper and lower body pain. The passenger in the Pontiac, a 48-year-old man, refused medical attention on the scene, according to police.

Police said Monday morning the officer was treated and released from the hospital. A spokesman could not immediately provide an updated condition on the Pontiac driver. The police department’s Major Accidents unit is investigating.

The Tribune was first to report the connection between the shooting and the crash.

The shooting happened a few hours earlier in the 3200 block of North Kedzie Avenue. A man in a passing gray Toyota sedan shot a 34-year-old man in his head, according to police. The 34-year-old crashed shortly after being shot, police said. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.