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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) -
A woman was killed during a police chase early this morning.
A police chase starting in Arlington Heights early Sunday
morning ends in tragedy.
Janice Jewett, 40, was killed after she was hit by a man fleeing
The chase started when an Arlington Heights patrol officer spotted
a car on Galbraith Road near I-75 around 2:25 a.m. Sunday morning with a license
plate linked to multiple warrants.
The officer followed David Hill, 26, eastbound on Galbraith and
turned on his lights but Hill refused to stop.
Hill headed southbound on Reading, leading to a
pursuit. He struck Jewett at the intersection of Reading and
Seymour when he didn't stop at a red light causing her vehicle to flip
over. She was ejected and died at the scene. Police say she was not wearing her
was real saddened by the news that I heard, and I really couldn't believe it,"
said Bill Ford, a friend of Jewett's.
David Hill was transported to University of Cincinnati
Hospital Medical Center with serious injuries. Police say he was also not
wearing a seatbelt.
"She's definitely a very, very family-oriented
person. That's the person that I knew. We didn't spend a lot of
time together, but when we did, it was always real, real positive. Always
very, very favorable. You can tell that anyone that she pretty much
interacted with, people loved her," said Ford.
says he and Jewett both work in the same field: helping those with
developmental disabilities. He says the place where he works had some
openings coming up, and he immediately thought of one person.
knew there were going to be some positions open, and she's one of the first
people that I was thinking of approaching about the position. This was
just no more than a couple of days ago. I guess I can't do that now,"
that harsh reality that's becoming hard to face.
still hasn't really soaked in yet. It hasn't really registered because
the last time I saw Jan, she was full of smiles," Ford told FOX19.
smile present in nearly every photo on Jewett's Facebook page. It's a
smile that won't be forgotten.
just going to miss seeing her smile. Every time I saw her, I always saw
her smile," Ford said.
has contacted the Arlington Heights Police Department for Officer Drew Jones'
personnel file, and a copy of their policy on chases, and expect an answer in
the coming days.