Man charged in fatal King Dr. crash

Paul Forbes, 26. (Courtesy of Chicago police)

Police have charged Paul Forbes, 26, with four felonies, including murder, and one misdemeanor in the King Dr. crash that killed 66-year-old innocent bystander Willie Owens.

Police say officers stopped Forbes for a traffic violation on Aug. 24 in the 7500-block of South St. Lawrence, and that he then sped off as officers approached his car. Forbes allegedly ran a red light while fleeing, and struck a car with two elderly women inside. That car was then pushed into Owens, who was standing beside his pickup truck. A total of four people were injured and taken to area hospitals.

Owens was killed. The two women in the car Forbes allegedly struck remain hospitalized; 79-year-old Geraldine Snell suffered broken ribs and extensive bruises, while her 88-year-old mother Margaret Silas is in serious condition and may not walk again.

Forbes is charged with one count of murder, one count of aggravated fleeing and two counts of aggravated battery, all felonies. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license, and has been cited for running a red light and not having his car registration. He is in police custody.
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