A 15-year veteran Chicago (Ill.) police-fire dispatcher was killed early this morning as she drove home from work, after her car was struck broadside by a vehicle being chased by Chicago police officers. Marciea Adkins, 42, died at a hospital shortly after the crash, according to Office of Emergency Communications (OEMC) executive director Gary Schenkel. He said comm center personnel were “shocked and deeply saddened” to hear of Adkins’ death, and that grief counselors have been made available. Flags outside the comm center have been lowered to half-staff. Coworkers and supervisors described Adkins as “the nicest, most positive person you would ever want to meet,” he said. Police said Adkins had worked the night shift, and at 6:15 a.m. was driving west on W. Armitage Ave. on the city’s northwest side. At the same time, CPD officers were pursuing a Range Rover northbound on N. Hoyne Ave., after the driver fled from a red-light traffic stop. The vehicle struck a CPD patrol car as it sped off, officers said. At the intersection of the two streets, the Range Rover struck Adkins’ vehicle and spun it into a fire hydrant. The suspect ran from the Range Rover but was quickly captured by police. Police say the Range Rover had been reported stolen. Update: The 16 year-old driver of the stolen car was intoxicated, police allege, and has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder, felony burglary, DUI and traffic violations. Adkins’ husband is a Chicago Fire Department dispatcher, and they have a young daughter. News video after the break.
Chicago police are administering a donation fund for Adkins’ family. Donations can be sent to:
Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union
The Marciea L Adkins Fund
1407 W Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Donations can also be taken over the phone by calling (312) 726-8814 and speaking to a representative.