West Side crash leaves 2 dead, including off-duty Chicago police officer

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CHICAGO -- An off duty Chicago police officer is one of two people killed in a high speed car accident on the West Side.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Roosevelt road and Kostner in the North Lawndale neighborhood around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

At a news conference Tuesday, Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said on-duty officers in an unmarked vehicle spotted an SUV that they though had been used in a crime.  It turns out, it was not the vehicle they had been looking for, but when they tried to pull over the off-duty officer's SUV,  he sped off.

Johnson says they did not know that the man in the SUV was a fellow officer.

Police say the SUV hit a car being driven by a woman who had pulled out onto Roosevelt with a green light.

The SUV flipped over on its side and the woman's car was crushed.

The officer's name has not yet been released, but Johnson says he had been on the force for about four years and had ended his shift about an hour before the chase and crash.