Friday, May 4, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 10:53 p.m.
Featured image: Madison St. shut down after a multi-car collision that resulted from a police pursuit on May 4. | Shanel Romain
Law enforcement officials are still piecing together the circumstances of a multiple-vehicle crash that happened not long after 8 p.m. in Maywood, according to several eyewitnesses and emergency dispatch records.
According to dispatch records, Maywood police began pursuing “an intoxicated subject at 419 S. 19th Ave.” in Maywood just after 8:10 p.m.
The chase proceeded westbound on Washington Blvd. from 19th Ave., southbound on 25th Ave. from Washington Blvd. and east down Madison St.
Witnesses at the scene of the crash said that the subject that officers were pursuing was traveling in a silver SUV eastbound on Madison St. at over 100 miles per hour.
The SUV sideswiped a blue Lexus traveling east on Madison, near 15th Avenue, before hitting three to four other vehicles — including a white pickup truck and a black Mercedes Benz — flipping over and landing onto the front of the police SUV that was in pursuit.
“We were going west and he hit the other car, which ricocheted him into hitting this one,” said one of the passengers inside of the Lexus. The man, who did not identify himself, said that no one in the car was seriously injured.
A blue Lexus that was sideswiped by the silver SUV on May 4. | Shanel Romain
Gaisha Marshall said that she was in a vehicle parked near 15th Avenue when the accident happened. She had just dropped a relative off at Rock of Ages Baptist Church, 1309 Madison St., she said.
“The silver truck was flying down Madison doing about 180 miles per hour,” Marshall said. “He swerved around us, tried to swerve around the white pickup truck, but he hit the white truck so hard that [the silver truck] went up in the air and slid into the police car.”
Marshall said that two young men got out of the silver vehicle and ran off on foot. Police officers apprehended one, she said.
A silver SUV flipped on top of a Maywood police car on May 4. | Shanel Romain
“We thought the police officer in the [truck] was hurt real bad, but when they opened the door, I saw he was bleeding from the elbow and was talking,” Marshall said. “I think the boy in the front seat that got out, we figured he hurt real bad because the roof of the silver truck is caved in.”
By around 8:30 p.m., police had taped off the scene of the crash, which had spanned from 15th to 13th Avenues.
First responders on the scene said that they could not comment on the particulars of the crash. More as this story develops. VFP
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