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Elderly Chicago woman killed, 10 police officers injured in multiple car accident

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An elderly woman was killed and 10 Chicago police officers injured in a multiple car accident in the weekend. A man – a civilian – was also injured in the incident.

Officials said that two police vehicles – a van and an unmarked SUV crashed into each other and in different civilian vehicles” around 10 pm Saturday evening in the Austin neighborhood. The police vehicles were on their way to an emergency call for help, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Twelve people – 10 officers and a man and a woman, both civilians, were transported to Norwegian American Hospital, police said.

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The woman, who as Verona E. Gunn, died from her injuries in hospital hours later. The Cook County medical examiner’s office, which listed her age of 89, said an autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Her son, Bishop Dwight Gunn, told FOX 32 Sunday that the Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had reached out to the family and assured him that the crash was investigated.

On the social media, he wrote to his mother in his sister’s car, which was hit while at a traffic light. He said that his family had lost its matriarch.

“The internal injuries from the crash were too much for my 84-year-old mother to overcome,” he wrote in the post. “My family will be searching for answers for the reckless behavior of the Chicago Police department as we mourn the loss of our mother.”

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On Sunday evening, police spokesman Anthony guglielmi tweeted a statement saying that their “thoughts and prayers are with all affected” by the “tragic car accident.”

“Our sincere condolences go out to the Gunn family on this terrible loss,” he wrote in a later statement attributed to him.

Witness Corey Jackson told the Chicago Tribune that he was almost hit by one of the police cars while cycling in the vicinity of the scene.

“I was just in shock,” he told the newspaper, adding that he jumped of his bike and threw himself on the pavement before he was hit. “When the cop cars are crashed, I snapped back to reality. I was a few inches of them. I could have lost my life tonight.”

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The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

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