Two Juveniles Detained In Connection To June 16 Car Crash In Maywood

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Two juveniles have been detained after the stolen vehicle they were traveling in crashed into another car, killing a Maywood woman, Maywood Police said.

The incident happened at approximately 11:30 a.m. on June 16, said Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley.

The juveniles were driving a stolen vehicle out of Naperville when they were spotted by a Maywood Police officer, who noticed they had committed a traffic violation. After the officer activated the squad car lights, “the kids took off,” Talley said.

“Officers did not pursue them,” the chief said, when asked if the police were in pursuit of the juveniles. “It wasn’t a chase, but we’re still going to do an investigation.”

The juveniles were driving south when the car they were in crashed into a vehicle carrying two people in the 400 block of 1st Avenue, between Randolph and Pine.

Ruth Johnson, 40, was on the passenger side. Both she and the driver sustained significant injuries and were rushed to Loyola University Medical Center, where Johnson was pronounced dead at 11:52 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The driver, Talley said, was in critical condition at the time of the crash, but is still alive. So far, the status of his condition, as of Tuesday evening is unknown.

Talley said that the Cook County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an investigation into Johnson’s death while the Illinois State Police are doing accident reconstruction work.

“We’re going to be looking at the in-car camera video and other records to make sure officers did everything within our policy and procedures,” Talley said.

The chief said that the two juveniles who have been detained have not yet been charged with any crimes.

“After the evidence has been processed and we present it to the courts, then we can make formal arrests,” Talley said, adding that Maywood detectives still need to talk with the victims’ families. VFP

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