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Woman killed after suspect fleeing police crashes car

A shooting and police chase ends with a fatal 4-vehicle accident on Chicago’s West Side Saturday night. Marisol Mercado, 35, was killed in the crash.

It started with a shooting at 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of South Springfield. A 38-year old man was shot in the leg and the gunman fled the scene. Officers in the area heard the shots and a witness pointed out the gunman’s car. When he refused to stop, officers pursued because of the violent nature of the crime, police said.

The chase ended more than a mile away at Chicago and Pulaski with the deadly crash.

“The car came out of nowhere,” said Mercado’s daughter, Venice Gonzalez, 15. Gonzalez was treated and released from the hospital. “I just remember yelling and screaming, ‘Mommy, Mommy, come on, you can do this.’”

Mercado had 5 children from 10-18 years old. She was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Police say 4 others, including the suspect, suffered non-life threatening injuries. Charges are pending.

The case will be reviewed by the Chicago Police Department’s Traffic Review Board.


12 Comments to “Woman killed after suspect fleeing police crashes car”

    bubba said:
    July 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    It's sad that a innocent persons loses there life while the suspect still lives.

    Curious said:
    July 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Great reporting! where was the shooting? Where was the crash?

      mbarney said:
      July 14, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      The accident happened on Chicago Ave and Pulaski Blvd, where most white pepole live.

        Love said:
        July 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Hate to break it to, but there are not a lot of Whites dwelling in this area; predominantly African American population.

    mbarney said:
    July 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Thats good for this guy, who is running from he police, who is trying to catch him for shooting people, while this woman loses her life in the process, now this dirtbag should get what he deserved for what he did.

    Ivonne said:
    July 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    I witness this car crash and it was horrible. It really felt like the car that caused the accident was going 100 mph. It was horrible to see it all. I'll pray for every one.

    Bernard said:
    July 14, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Charge the perp with murder and hate crime.

    calvin said:
    July 15, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    there was a guy in the north suburbs, I believe, that was convicted of murder for the same offense

    Jose said:
    July 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I was classmates with her daughter at Mitchell Elementary. Ms. Mercado was friends with my mom. I can't believe she's gone. :(

    David Villanueva said:
    July 16, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Marisol and her family about a year or two ago.when her daughter Adelina came up to me on a saturday as I was visitting for church and she saidbher mom wanted to meet me. Just want to say thank you for allowing us to take you kids to church on the bus.
    We will miss you

    Alex Roman said:
    July 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Marisol was all about her kids! It’s a shok that she had to go that way do to a peace of @”#% he shuld be charge with murder, temp murder & man slaughtered…live in jail i say! he left 5 kids with out a mother.

    yvette Martinezmartinez said:
    July 17, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    R.i.p we love you and miss you girl

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