Car of woman who is charged with multiple hit-and-run crashes

Car of Annemarie T. O'Shaughnessy, who is charged with multiple hit-and-run crashes. (Courtesy of Evanston police / April 8, 2014)

Multiple felony and misdemeanor charges were filed Tuesday against a Wilmette woman who police said was involved in a series of hit-and-run crashes in Evanston on Sunday that left one person in serious condition, authorities said.

Annemarie T. O'Shaughnessy, 63, is charged with felony aggravated fleeing and eluding police, felony leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving injury, misdemeanor reckless driving and criminal damage to property, police said.

O'Shaughnessy was also issued 13 traffic related citations, including six misdemeanor offenses for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident and failing to provide information in a traffic crash.

According to the authorities' account, O'Shaughnessy was alone in her vehicle at around 10 a.m. Sunday when she struck a vehicle at Davis Street and Ridge Avenue, then drove off and hit a second vehicle and a female on a motor scooter about a mile away in the 600 block of Chicago Avenue. Police said O'Shaughnessy again did not stop but continued driving for less than a mile before striking a man riding a bike near the intersection of Custer Avenue and Main Street in Evanston.

The scooter driver went to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston and was treated for treatment of minor injuries, police said. They said the man on the bike was also taken to St. Francis with head injuries and was in serious condition on Monday.

Evanston police received numerous 911 calls with a description of O'Shaughnessy's car and allegations of reckless driving and were finally able to stop her in the 4600 block of Main Street in Skokie.

Police said preliminary screenings for alcohol and illicit substances in O'Shaughnessy's system were negative. However, further testing will be performed from blood samples that will be sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab, they said

Police said her car sustained severe damage from the three crashes. They also said damage to the driver’s door suggests some type of heavy impact that is not accounted for based on the investigation of the three crashes. Police are seeking information from the public as to how the driver's door damage occurred.  Anyone with information regarding an additional crash that this vehicle may have been involved in, please contact the Evanston Police Department at (847) 866-5000.

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