COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — What initially began as a routine traffic stop Thursday ended with a high-speed chase and the death of a 23-year-old woman, according to police.
Glenn Jones, 27, was charged with reckless homicide Sunday. Prosecutors said the West Pullman man was driving southbound near the 12100 block of South State Street Thursday night when police noticed his car did not have a front-mounted license plate and signaled him to pull over.
That’s when Jones “pulled to the right, slowed, then sped off” at 21 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, according to Assistant State's Attorney Claire Savaglio. His 2009 silver-grey Volkswagen reaching 70 to 80 miles per hour on a residential street, police said.
He later ignored a stop sign, drove against traffic through an intersection and struck a vehicle, injuring three people including two children, ages 11 and 14, who suffered two broken fingers, and a 35-year-old woman who suffered a fractured hip, shoulder, leg and ribs, according to Savaglio and police.
After losing control of the vehicle, Jones struck at tree at 12300 South State St. where his 23-year-old passenger was ejected from the car and died, according to police. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office pronounced Delila Smith dead at 9:39 p.m. the following night at Advocate Christ Hospital.
Jones, of the 200 block of East 221st Place, gave police a false name and date of birth before he was also taken to Christ Hospital for unspecified injuries, according to police. He remained there as of Sunday, according to police.
He was charged with 11 counts Sunday including reckless homicide with a motor vehicle, speeding, three counts of aggravated fleeing and obstructing identification.
Bond information was not available as of Sunday afternoon.