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July 29, 1995 | Reuters
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.
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January 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Tongula Overstreet's family made a somber visit to a funeral home in Chicago as they tried to come to terms with her death in one of the state's worst auto collisions. Overstreet was one of 10 people killed last week when a Salvation Army van rolled across a median on Interstate 55 and was struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer. The van was carrying friends and family members to visit inmates in two prisons in Dwight and Pontiac.
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January 17, 1991 | From Staff Wire Reports
Rookie defensive lineman Fred Washington, 23, of the Chicago Bears, was drunk when the car he was driving crashed into a tree on Dec. 21, killing him and Petra Stoll, 22, an Illinois state attorney said.
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October 2, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Dozens of anti-abortion protesters at an annual rally said they support the devotion--if not the alleged actions--of a Catholic priest accused of crashing into an abortion clinic in Rockford, Ill., and chopping away at it with an ax. "I don't agree with his methods, but I appreciate his heart," said the Rev. David Broom, who joined about 1,000 protesters outside a Catholic church. The rally had been scheduled long before the attack at the Northern Illinois Women's Center. The Rev.
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November 4, 1995 | Associated Press
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.
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October 2, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Dozens of anti-abortion protesters at an annual rally said they support the devotion--if not the alleged actions--of a Catholic priest accused of crashing into an abortion clinic in Rockford, Ill., and chopping away at it with an ax. "I don't agree with his methods, but I appreciate his heart," said the Rev. David Broom, who joined about 1,000 protesters outside a Catholic church. The rally had been scheduled long before the attack at the Northern Illinois Women's Center. The Rev.
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December 22, 1990 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Rookie defensive tackle Fred Washington of the Chicago Bears and a woman companion were killed in a one-car crash at 2:30 a.m. Friday. The car driven by Washington struck a tree about two miles from his home in suburban Lake Forest, Deputy Police Chief Gary Wieczorek said. Lake County Coroner Barbara Richardson said the car appeared to have been traveling at high speed. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
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January 16, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The coldest weather of the season blasted the Plains, Midwest and South and caused a number of deaths, while parts of the Midwest remained buried from an earlier snowstorm. Snow and 50-m.p.h. winds caused whiteout conditions and several deadly accidents, on Interstate 74 in central Illinois. "We had multiple fatalities," said Sgt. Richard Kaelin of the state police. Exact figures were not immediately available.
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February 14, 1997 | From Associated Press
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.
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December 18, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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October 1, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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June 3, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
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February 14, 1997 | From Associated Press
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.
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November 4, 1995 | Associated Press
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.
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July 29, 1995 | Reuters
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.
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December 18, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
June 3, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
October 1, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
January 16, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The coldest weather of the season blasted the Plains, Midwest and South and caused a number of deaths, while parts of the Midwest remained buried from an earlier snowstorm. Snow and 50-m.p.h. winds caused whiteout conditions and several deadly accidents, on Interstate 74 in central Illinois. "We had multiple fatalities," said Sgt. Richard Kaelin of the state police. Exact figures were not immediately available.
SPORTS
January 17, 1991 | From Staff Wire Reports
Rookie defensive lineman Fred Washington, 23, of the Chicago Bears, was drunk when the car he was driving crashed into a tree on Dec. 21, killing him and Petra Stoll, 22, an Illinois state attorney said.
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