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Police Investigate the Case of the Battered Nude Woman

By Tim State in News on Jun 13, 2009 6:30PM

Photo by James Herman
Police are trying to make sense out of what happened to an unidentified woman who was seen hanging out of the window of a moving car, nude. She was found battered following a car crash on the South Side a little before 8 a.m.

Officers in the Gresham District first learned of the woman when an off-duty police officer called 911 with a report of a nude woman hanging out of a window of a brown, older-model Chevrolet, said Police News Affairs Officer Robert Gaines.

A few minutes later, at 7:42 a.m., police spotted a car matching that description at 79th Street and Peoria Avenue, Gaines said. When they tried to curb the car, it took off at a high speed, and because officers had no evidence that any felonies had been committed, they abandoned pursuit, Gaines said.

Police then received word of a crash on South Halsted Street, and when emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they found the car had been involved in the crash. A woman, thought to be the one spotted hanging out the car window, was found lying in the street. The woman was taken to Christ Hospital, where she is being treated. No further details are available at this time, although police are questioning a possible suspect. [Trib]