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Woman Dies Three Days After Lake Shore Drive Crash

By Emily Morris | April 4, 2013 7:52am | Updated on April 4, 2013 11:38am

CHICAGO — A Grand Crossing woman left in a coma after a drunken driver crashed into her disabled vehicle on South Lake Shore Drive died Wednesday, authorities said.

Verlinda Perry-Hill, 52, of the 1400 block of East 69th Street, died three days after a man slammed his SUV into her disabled minivan Sunday night in the 4500 block of South Lake Shore Drive, authorities said.

She was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 12:09 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Facing DUI and other charges in the crash is 32-year-old Mareo T. Nutall, who prosecutors said got behind the wheel drunk again after being charged with a DUI in January. Prosecutors said at Nutall's bond court hearing earlier this week that he also was driving on a suspended license in the January incident.

Perry-Hill was left in a coma and had suffered extensive injuries in the Kenwood crash, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said before Nutall's SUV rear-ended Perry-Hill, she had parked her disabled minivan and was calling for help.

Nutall, of the 3500 block of West Arlington Street on the border of East Garfield Park and North Lawndale, was charged with two counts of felony DUI. He also was charged with two misdemeanor DUIs, failure to reduce speed and driving on a suspended license.

Contributing: Erin Meyer