Fatal mistake of an Off-duty Officer on a Chicago Sidewalk

In a tragic incident in Chicago, off-duty police officer Tangie Brown was charged with DUI and related offenses following a fatal crash in the River North neighborhood. On the night of December 7, Brown was driving a white SUV when she reportedly lost control of the vehicle, jumped a curb, and struck a pedestrian on the sidewalk on North State Street. The victim, identified as 56-year-old Maria Schwab, sustained serious injuries and was later pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Brown faced multiple charges, including one felony count of Aggravated DUI/Accident/Death and one felony count of Aggravated Use of Communication Device/Death. Additionally, she was charged with two misdemeanor counts of failing to render aid, one misdemeanor count of reckless driving, and was cited for failure to reduce speed and improper traffic lane usage.

It was reported that Brown lost control of her SUV after dropping her cell phone while trying to use her GPS. The incident, which occurred near the House of Blues in River North, has led to Schwab's family expressing their devastation and planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Brown and potentially other defendants.

Brown, who had been with the Chicago Police Department since 2008, was relieved of her police powers following the incident. She appeared in court and was released pretrial, with her next court appearance scheduled for February 20.

This case highlights the serious consequences of driving under the influence and the impact such incidents have on the victims' families and the community.



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