SUV hits cars, then crashes into house in Oak Lawn - KMSP-TV

Cops: Woman tried to commit suicide by crashing into house

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Elizabeth Kruger / photo from Burbank police Elizabeth Kruger / photo from Burbank police
OAK LAWN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A southwest suburban woman was ordered held on $1 million bond Thursday after she tried to commit suicide by crashing her SUV with her infant inside Tuesday afternoon in Oak Lawn, police said.

Elizabeth Kruger, 28, of Evergreen Park, wanted to commit suicide so she tried to crash her white BMW SUV into another vehicle near 79th Street and New England Avenue in Burbank, according to a release from Burbank police.

When that attempt "failed," Kruger kept driving despite a police officer following her, police said. The officer was flagged down by witnesses of the first crash.

As the officer tried to catch up with the SUV, Kruger allegedly ran a stop sign at 87th Street and New England Avenue and collided with another car that was eastbound on 87th, police said. She then smashed her SUV into a house on the southwest corner of the intersection.

Kruger was treated and released from Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said. The infant remains hospitalized at Christ Thursday afternoon for observation, but is listed in good condition. No one inside the house was hurt.

One of the other drivers Kruger allegedly hit was treated and released from Christ, and the other is still hospitalized and recovering from "serious injuries," police said.

During interviews with Kruger and witnesses, police learned she wanted to commit suicide by striking another vehicle, knowing she would have killed her infant as well, police said.

She was charged with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery, aggravated fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of an accident, endangering the life of a child and a multitude of traffic offenses, police said.

She was ordered held on a $1 million bond Thursday.

DCFS has been notified and is in the process of devising a "safety plan" for the child with other family members, police said.

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