Suspect in custody after chase on South Side kills 1, paralyzes another

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CHICAGO -- A 66-year-old man died after being hit by a car that was being chased by police on the city's South Side.

At about 7:35 p.m. Monday, officers pulled over a 26-year-old man driving a dark blue Pontiac for an alleged traffic violation near 75th Street and Saint Lawrence Avenue. The driver is accused of speeding away, running a red light at 75th and King Drive, and striking another car.

He then allegedly hit Willie Owens, who was in the street working on a stalled truck. Owens' girlfriend was with him, and says he never saw the car coming.

Police say that truck was then pushed into another car, which had two women inside.

Owens was rushed to Stroger Hospital, but later died from his injuries.

Another victim was paralyzed in the incident and several others were injured.

The driver who allegedly started the chase was treated and released from St. Bernard Hospital and taken into police custody.

Four other people were also injured, including an 88-year-old woman, who is in serious condition.

Owens was known as "Mr. Willie," a handyman, a mechanic, and someone who always tried to help people.