Man dies after fleeing police and jumping into SW Side canal

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CHICAGO  –   A man has died after jumping into a canal on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

The man and two others were riding in a silver mini-van, when officers say they ran a stop sign in an alley in the 4600 block of South Cicero Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Officers pulled over the mini-van but the driver sped off as they walked up.

The officers followed the min-van and saw the three men get out of the van in the 4100 block of South Cicero Avenue.

One of them ran down an embankment of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and jumped into the water.

Dive crews pulled the man from the canal about ten minutes later.   He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in “extremely critical” and later died.

The two other men who were in the mini-van were taken into custody and are being questioned by police.

The name of the victim has not been released.