Police: Woman killed when SUV fleeing officers hits her car

CHICAGO - A woman was killed in a crash on the South Side early Saturday morning after the car they were riding in was hit by an SUV driven by a man police say was fleeing police.

Just after 1:00 a.m. in Englewood,  police say officers heard what seemed to be gunshots and responded to the 5700 block of S. LaSalle St., where they saw a white Kia SUV exit an alley.

Officers stopped the vehicle and asked a male passenger, 29-year-old Richard Johnson, to step outside. After he stepped out, police say the vehicle began to flee, and then struck a Ford Focus on the 5900 block of S. LaSalle St.

The male driver of the SUV fled on foot, and a female passenger was arrested but later released without any charges.

Police said the 45-year-old female driver of the Ford was pronounced dead on the scene, and the 21-year-old passenger was taken to Stroger Hospital. Earlier reports indicated that she had died on the scene, but police said later that she is in stable condition in the hospital.

Johnson was charged with one misdemeanor count of Possession of Ammunition without a valid FOID after police say he had ammo that was recovered inside the SUV.  A handgun was recovered from the SUV's glove box as well.

Police are investigating.