Video shows driver fleeing River North traffic stop, injuring 3 including CPD sgt., 5-year-old girl

ByTre Ward, Eric Horng, and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Monday, April 11, 2022
Video shows driver fleeing traffic stop, injuring 3
A hit and run was caught on camera. A driver fled a River North traffic stop, injuring a Chicago Police Department sergeant and a 5-year-old girl.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- New surveillance video from a police pod camera given to ABC7 by a source shows the moments before a CPD sergeant and two civilians, including a 5-year-old girl, were injured by a driver fleeing a traffic stop in River North this weekend.

Three people are injured, including a police sergeant and a 5-year-old girl, after the Saturday night hit-and-run.

Police said the sergeant was conducting a traffic stop near State Street and Grand Avenue just after 8 p.m. in the Near North neighborhood. When the officer asked the driver of a red Honda to get out of the vehicle, police said they refused, put the vehicle in gear and drove off, striking the sergeant and swerving into a crowd of people crossing the street.

"He was asking for his documents and then the guy in the car, just like, took off. He hit a lady! She flew in the air, like crazy, and the officer was holding on to the door. The officer got dragged, and he hit another officer and, like, sped that way. It happened in, like, a matter of ten seconds, all that happened," said Joshua Schaffer, who witnessed the incident.

A woman and a 5-year-old girl were injured, police said.

The police sergeant was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The woman and girl were also transported to hospitals in good condition, officials said.

Police said the driver fled the scene and no one is in custody.