Chicago to pay $3M to families of 2 killed in police chase

CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council has approved a settlement of nearly $3 million to the families of two people killed when a man fleeing police in a high-speed car chase crashed in 2015.

The city’s law department says Wednesday’s vote by the full council follows a recommendation by the council’s Finance Committee to settle two lawsuits with the families of 66-year-old Willie Owens and 88-year-old Margaret Silas.

Paul Forbes was fleeing officers when he ran a red light on Chicago’s South Side. The 26-year-old hit the car Silas was in as well as other vehicles during the chase that exceeded 90 mph. His car also struck Owens, who was working on his stalled pickup truck.

The families sued Chicago, arguing officers should have stopped pursuing Forbes before the crash.