A woman who died after the taxi in which she was riding was hit by a suspected drunken driver going the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive was about to graduate from University of Chicago Law School, authorities said this afternoon.
Charges are pending against the driver, whose vehicle collided with the taxi, killing Laura Anne LaPlante, of New Hampshire, and injuring himself and two others, police said.
“She was supposed to graduate this year,” said John Bright, who answered the phone at the law school on the South Side. She was in her third year, he added.
“Our flags are at half-staff,” Bright said.
The crash happened at Randolph Street as the man drove a Subaru south in the northbound lanes and collided with the taxi at around 1:50 a.m. Friday, according to police.
LaPlante, 26, of Hancock, New Hampshire, was pronounced dead about 6:30 p.m. Friday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Results of an autopsy were not immediately available.
She and a 25-year-old man she was with in the taxi were taken to that hospital in critical condition.
The driver of the Subaru and the cab driver were taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook county. Their conditions and ages were not available.
The Subaru driver was taken into custody and charges are pending. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive were closed at Monroe Drive but have since been opened.
-Chicago Tribune reporting