A driver in a South Side drag race hit and killed a 40-year-old woman early Sunday, capping a weekend that saw street takeovers — including car stunts and racing — draw large crowds and occupy intersections across the city, including Downtown.

Separate street takeovers Downtown and in Pilsen where drivers drifted and did doughnuts in intersections led to at least nine arrests, seven impounded cars and six damaged police squad cars after participants threw fireworks, bricks, rocks and other objects at responding officers, police said.

At about 1:37 a.m. Sunday in the 6400 block of South Cicero Avenue in the Clearing neighborhood near Midway Airport, a 27-year-old man and 19-year-old woman, who were driving sedans, were going south on Cicero Avenue when the woman changed lanes and hit the man’s car and the 40-year-old woman, who was in the crosswalk, police said.

The pedestrian, Shawman Meireis, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, officials said.

The drivers were speeding, police said. Department spokeswoman Michelle Tannehill said the crash was part of a drag racing event. Supt. David Brown later said the drivers might have been racing, but officers are still investigating.

The man was cited for an obstructed front windshield and not taking due care with a pedestrian in the roadway, police said. Officers were searching for the 19-year-old woman.

An investigation is ongoing.

Videos shared on social media also showed large crowds of people gathered in intersections in the West Loop and South Loop. There were also drag racing and drifting events in East Pilsen, Downtown and the Near West Side, police said.


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