Woman charged in fatal wrong-way crash on I-294

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NEAR HILLSIDE, Ill. – A woman from Kendall County has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in that crash on I-294 near Hillside last month that killed an off-duty police officer.

Sara Lopez is scheduled to appear in court today in connection with the death of Chicago Ridge police officer Steven Smith.

Lopez was driving South in the Northbound lanes of I-294 near Cermak Road when she hit the car Smith was riding in.  Smith had joined the Chicago Ridge force in 2010.  He served as a marine and was still in the Reserves.