October 1, 2000 |
A Catholic priest smashed his car into an abortion clinic in Rockford, Ill., then chopped at the building with an ax until the owner fired two shotgun blasts to stop him, police said. The clinic was not open and nobody was injured. The man drove through a door at the Abortion Access Northern Illinois Women's Center. The Rev. John Earl, 32, was arrested and charged with burglary and felony criminal damage to property, Deputy Police Chief Dominic Iasparro said.
June 3, 2000 |
With the driver screaming he couldn't stop, a car drove into a school playground Friday as a crowd gathered for an awards assembly. At least 11 people were injured, mostly children. Several remained hospitalized Friday night, including a 4-year-old boy in serious condition with a fractured skull. The car went through a fence and across a playground at the Robert Fulton Elementary School on the city's South Side, Fire Department spokesman Will Knight said.
February 14, 1997 |
It was snowing, and their 16-year-old daughter was out on the road. So Kevin and Jane Laumbattus set out to find her. They did--only to see her fatally injured in a fiery wreck as her car slid into the path of a pickup truck. She had been driving for only a month. "It happened so quickly, I still don't understand it," her father said. Amanda, her cousin Emily Canning and a friend, Laura Singenstreu, had set out Feb. 7 for the Wal-Mart in Sparta to buy a gift.
November 4, 1995 |
A speeding car crashed into a bank Friday, killing one person and injuring at least five. The car smashed through the window of Columbia National Bank in this northwest Chicago suburb and came to rest in the lobby. A customer seated at a desk was pinned under the car and killed, police said. Police said the driver of the white sedan was a man who lived in the area. He was being questioned.
July 29, 1995 |
A 78-year-old woman taking a driving test accidentally put her car into reverse and ran over her son, killing him, police said Friday. "The examiner had the door open and was telling the woman to use her turn signals, and for some reason she got nervous or confused and put the car in reverse," Hillside Deputy Police Chief Frank Alonzo said. In Thursday's mishap at the license exam facility, Margaret Bowen's car crushed her son James, 46, who had sought to halt the vehicle.
December 18, 1992 |
The death of Lou Henson Jr. was ruled an accident by a Champaign County coroner's jury in Illinois. Henson, 35, the son of Lou Henson, Illinois basketball coach, was thrown from his car Nov. 20 after the 1989 Ford Escort left Interstate 74, struck a culvert and rolled at least three times. His blood-alcohol level was 0.17, above the 0.10 threshold for intoxication, said coroner Eldon Quick. Henson Jr. was the basketball coach at Parkland College, a two-year college in Champaign.