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Annemarie T. O'Shaugnessy, 63, charged in series of hit-and-runs

Charges were filed Tuesday in a series of crashes in Evanston that inured three people, including the suspect.
April 8, 2014 2:06:44 PM PDT
A 63-year-old woman has been charged in a series of hit-and-runs from Evanston to Skokie that left three people hurt, including the woman believed responsible.

Annemarie T. O'Shaugnessy, 63, of the 1500 block of Isabella Street in Wilmette, was charged with felony aggravated fleeing and eluding police, two felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, one misdemeanor count of reckless driving, and five misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property, according to Evanston police. She was also cited for 13 traffic offenses.

Police say it all started in Evanston near Ridge and Davis and ended in Skokie in the 4600 block of Main Street.

Evanston police say the woman ran into two parked cars, a woman on a scooter and a man on a bicycle before being taken into custody in Skokie.

Police say they believe O'Shaugnessy was suffering from some kind of mental health condition.

"She did not appear to be acting normally with her erratic driving and then her being involved in multiple accidents and not stopping at the scene, and one of those accidents was involving a severe injury," said Commander Jay Parrott, Evanston Police.

Police say that man, a 48-year-old from Chicago, rolled on to the car, hitting the windshield with his head.

He was brought to Saint Francis Hospital in critical condition and is now in the intensive care unit.

"I think the injuries would have been possibly fatal if he were not wearing a helmet," Parrott said.

O'Shaugnessy was screened for alcohol and illicit substances, but results were negative. Further testing will be performed from blood samples to be sent to the Illinois State Police crime lab, police said.

Bond information was not immediately available for O'Shaugnessy, who is next scheduled to appear in court April 21.

Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this story.


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