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posted: 3/29/2013 4:55 PM

Charges pending against driver involved in Elk Grove school crash

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Charges were pending Friday afternoon against a driver suspected in a hit-and-run accident near Hanover Park and Roselle, who shortly afterward was involved in a crash at a Hanover Park business, followed by a chase with Roselle police ending in the vehicle crashing into an Elk Grove Village school late Wednesday, authorities said.

Hanover Park Police Deputy Chief Tom Cortese said Friday the department received a call around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday from a security guard at Ge Transportation Systems, 6300 Muirfield Drive, that a police squad car was pursuing a vehicle that had just crashed through the gate of the industrial building.

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Cortese said a Cook County sheriff's police deputy tried to stop a 2013 Honda Accord that was involved in a minor crash near Lake Street and Gary Avenue. The female driver took off and later drove the vehicle through the gate of Ge Transportation, he said.

The sheriff's deputy attempted to catch up with the vehicle, which was traveling eastbound on Muirfield, partially in the westbound lane, and which then headed northbound on Turnberry Drive. The officer noted the license plate number and informed Hanover Park police, Cortese said.

Hanover Park police dispatch in turn notified Roselle police that the vehicle was last seen in the area of Central and Gary avenues in Roselle. An officer saw a vehicle matching the description exit the eastbound Elgin-O'Hare Expressway onto northbound Roselle Road, striking the guardrail while turning.

The Roselle officer tried to pull over the vehicle, which accelerated. The officer caught up with the vehicle when it crashed into a classroom at Grove Junior High, 777 Elk Grove Blvd., around midnight Wednesday, Roselle police said.

The driver, who suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, remained in Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village for treatment Friday afternoon, Roselle police said.

Potential charges against the driver are being reviewed by the Cook County state's attorney's office, police said Friday afternoon.

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