Wild videos show weekend street racing scenes in multiple Chicago neighborhoods – NBC Chicago
Wild scenes were filmed over the weekend showing several street races and so-called “stunting” incidents taking place in several Chicago neighborhoods.
The footage comes no more than a month after the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance aimed at cracking down on street racing and illegal stunts across the city.
Authorities said one person was arrested, a citation was issued and a car was impounded in incidents that unfolded from the West Loop east of Pilsen over the weekend.
Here’s a recap of what we know:
At around 1:50 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of West Madison Street, officers responded to a call from what they described as a “drag race” with multiple vehicles blocking the intersection at Madison and Morgan. Authorities say an 18-year-old man was ticketed for obstructing the rear license plate of his vehicle and his vehicle was seized.
Two hours later, at around 3 a.m., in the 600 block of West Cermak, police said they responded to a call from an officer in distress. When officers arrived at the scene, they were approached by a group of individuals obstructing the intersection. According to the police, the crowd, which they tried to disperse, threw fireworks, rocks and bricks at the police cars. A total of six police cars were damaged, authorities said. Police told NBC 5 the incident was linked to weekend street racing and stunting scenes.
A day earlier, at 3:10 a.m. in the 500 block of South Clinton Street, officers said they were performing a traffic stop on a vehicle after it was observed drifting and do donuts at the intersection of Columbus and Upper Wacker. During the traffic stop, police said the driver of the vehicle moved forward and an officer jumped onto the curb to avoid being hit. A 19-year-old man was taken into custody, police said.
Additionally, at 1:37 a.m. Sunday in the 6400 block of South Cicero Avenue, two vehicles traveling southbound at “high speed” caused an accident resulting in the death of a woman in a crosswalk, according to the police. Authorities said a 27-year-old man driving a sedan changed lanes and crashed into a fast sedan being driven by a 19-year-old woman, as well as a 40-year-old woman crossing the street.
Authorities said the 40-year-old victim was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver received a citation for ‘Obstructed front windshield’ and ‘Pedestrian on roadway – Caution required,’ police said.
“I am absolutely disgusted and upset,” said West Central Association president and West Loop resident Armando Chacon, referring to the street racing incidents over the weekend, several of which were caught on camera. “One thing is to do that in an industrial park, but another is to come to our neighborhood, to the heart of the neighborhood. To do that is absolutely ridiculous.”
A couple, who live in an area frequented by street runners, believe there is little the police can do.
“It wakes my husband and me up, and you see masses of people, cars everywhere,” the woman said.
And although the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance in July to crack down on street racing and illegal stunts, Chacon says more can be done.
“I don’t want us to wait for someone to get hurt. We have to act now,” Chacon said.