CHICAGO — An off-duty officer was charged with reckless homicide after a fatal crash early Sunday in Auburn Gresham.
The officer said that, at 2:42 a.m., he was driving east on 87th Street when another car turned in front of him, cutting him off, according to police. The officer made a “sharp turn” and ended up jumping the curb and driving into a building in the 1700 block of West 87th Street, police said.
The officer’s car hit two women who were inside the building. One, 35, was standing and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition with a leg injury.
The other woman, 35, was sitting and was pinned underneath the officer’s car, police said. She was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
The woman was identified as Marquita N. Reed, of the 8000 block of South Artesian Avenue, in Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office records. Reed was pronounced dead at 4:15 a.m.
Reed had two children, who are 13 and 11 years old, and had just completed nursing school, according to NBC5.
The officer had a neck injury and was taken to the same hospital, where his condition was not available but he was listed as “stable,” police said.
The officer was driving his personal car, police said.
Terrance Finley, 24, was charged with reckless homicide, aggravated DUI and DUI and cited for failing to slow down, police said. He was scheduled to appear in Bond Court on Tuesday.