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911 dispatcher driving home from work dies in Bucktown crash

At least two vehicles collided leaving 42-year-old woman dead Sunday morning Bucktown. The wreck occurred 6:14 a.m. Armitage Hoyne avenues

At least two vehicles collided, leaving a 42-year-old woman dead Sunday morning in Bucktown. The wreck occurred at 6:14 a.m. at Armitage and Hoyne avenues, according to police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak. One person was killed, according to Kubiak. The victim’s name was not being released immediately, but she was a 42-year-old woman who was pronounced dead at 6:54 a.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. She was the driver of a vehicle struck by another vehicle, according to the medical examiner's office. on Sunday, July 10, 2011 in Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

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Updated: October 27, 2011 12:30AM

A 42-year-old dispatcher for the city’s 911 system died Sunday morning after a stolen vehicle involved in a police chase struck her car in Bucktown.

Nearby residents who reported hearing the crash about 6:15 a.m. said the dispatcher was driving west on Armitage when a gray Range Rover broadsided her car at Hoyne. They said the Range Rover had been speeding north on Hoyne.

Several witnesses also reported that the driver of the Range Rover fled the crash scene on foot, only to be arrested within minutes about a block away. Police later confirmed they had pursued the Range Rover, but they declined to say if it was a high-speed chase.

“It appeared there was a chase going on. I saw police vehicles speeding through the neighborhood and heard sirens just before the crash,” Bucktown resident Steve Jensen said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as Marciea Adkins of the 2000 block of North Stave. She worked for the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communication since December 1996 and was driving home after her shift as a 911 dispatcher, said a statement from that agency.

OEMC Executive Director Gary Schenkel said Adkins’ death “shocked and deeply saddened” the agency. “According to her coworkers and supervisors, she was the nicest, most positive person you would ever want to meet,” Schenkel said.

Witnesses said Adkins’ car spun out after the impact with the Range Rover and struck a fire hydrant at Armitage and Hoyne. She was pronounced dead at 6:54 a.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, the medical examiner’s office said.

The driver of the Range Rover “fled, and they caught him in the block behind my house,” Jensen said.

The 16-year-old boy, of Chicago has been charged as an adult with one count of first degree murder, one felony count of burglary, a misdemeanor of driving under the influence, according to a police News Affairs release.

The boy, whose name police are not releasing, also received two citations for disobeying a red traffic light and one citation for failing to stop at a stop sign, the release said.

Police said officers pulled over the Range Rover at Blackhawk and Elston when the driver disregarded a red light. They said the offender reversed the Range Rover in the direction of the officers at the traffic stop, then hit the vehicle of a police supervisor before speeding off.

Sources said the ensuing pursuit covered several streets before it ended with the crash at Armitage and Hoyne. Police said they subsequently discovered the Range Rover, registered in west suburban Bellwood, had been stolen.

Witnesses said the Range Rover’s driver had a head wound from the crash. “He didn’t make it out very far,” said resident Mike Byrne.

In another fatal accident Sunday, police said a 49-year-old man died after being hit by a car while waiting for a bus in the 3400 block of West Jackson. They also said the motorist who fled the scene has been arrested.

The medical examiner’s office identified the victim as David Bunch of an unidentified address. He was pronounced dead at 3:50 a.m. at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, the office said.

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