Man charged with murder for running down 66-year-old Willie Owens in Greater Grand Crossing

A man who tried to flee a traffic stop Monday evening and caused a crash that killed 66-year-old Willie Owens has been charged with murder.

Paul Forbes | Chicago Police

Paul Forbes | Chicago Police

Paul Forbes, 26, is charged with one count of murder, one count of aggravated fleeing, and two counts of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, all felonies, according to Chicago Police. He was also charged with misdemeanor driving with a suspended license, and was cited for disobeying a red light.

Forbes was driving a Pontiac Bonneville when officers pulled him over for a traffic violation about 7:35 p.m. Monday in the 7500 block of South St. Lawrence, police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

When the officers got out of their squad vehicle, the Pontiac took off westbound on 75th Street, Greer said.

The car blew a red light at 75th and King Drive, hit a Subaru in the intersection and continued fleeing, police said.

It then hit Owens, who was standing next to his stalled vehicle on the street. The Pontiac pushed Owens’ vehicle into the Chevrolet Cruze in front of it, police said.

Owens of the 7400 block of South King Drive, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 8:32 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Two women in the Subaru were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. One of them, age 88, was listed in serious condition, and the other’s condition was stabilized, police said.

Another two women in the Chevrolet were taken to Jackson Park Hospital, where they were treated and released, police said.

Forbes was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center, where he was treated and released into police custody.

Forbes was scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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