Regional Police Report: Woman Killed by Car Backing Out of Driveway and More

The following are police related items from area Patches. Where an arrest is mentioned it does not indicate a conviction.


Woman Killed by Car Backing Out of Driveway

The investigation continues into an accident that claimed the life of a 77-year-old Palatine woman.

According to a press release from Palatine Police, Jieru Chen and her husband were walking in the 400 block of N. Hicks near Northwest Highway on Wednesday at 12:01 p.m., when a car backing up in a private driveway hit the couple. 

Police have determined that the 1998 Chevy Malibu driven by a 42-year-old female was the vehicle involved in the accident. The driver told police she was backing up slowly eastbound out of an apartment complex and did not see anyone in her path, or feel any impact when the couple is believed to have been hit.

After the impact, she observed the couple lying on the ground and called 911.

Arlington Heights

Woman Charged With Orchestrating Sham Marriages

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced conspiracy charges Monday, Feb. 11 against an Arlington Heights business owner who allegedly arranged fraudulent marriages between illegal foreigners and U.S. citizens in order for the foreigners to achieve U.S. residency.

Teresita Zarrabian, 60, of Des Plaines owns an immigration consulting business in Arlington Heighs, and stands accused of assisting foreign-born clients in completing necessary paperwork to help them marry U.S. citizens, according to a U.S. attorney press release.

The U.S. attorney believes Zarrabian was paid between $8,000 and $15,000 by her clients, whom she also helped to arrange Las Vegas weddings, complete with pictures of the marriage to make them appear legitimate.

A second individual, Michael Smith, a  41-year-old Belwood resident, is included in the indictment.

Des Plaines

Shell Gas Station Robbed

No suspects were in custody in connection with a reported gas station robbery that occurred in Des Plaines on Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Des Plaines police confirmed on Thursday evening. Des Plaines police stated no other information about the incident would be provided at this time.

An employee of the Shell station, 1605 S. River Road, who was not present when the robbery occurred, said a man entered the business sometime during the noon hour. The man’s face was covered, the gas station employee said, and he took a pop from the shelf before approaching the register.

The man demanded money from the register, the gas station employee said, and told the clerk to keep her hands on the counter where he could see them. The clerk then gave the man some amount of cash from the register, the gas station and he ran away.


Man Charged in Shooting at Chicago's Palmer House Hotel

Chicago Police charged an Evanston man in connection with a shooting that took place at the Palmer House Hotel in downtown Chicago last month, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Police said Brian Miller shot and injured a 25-year-old man during a party in the hotel at 17 E. Monroe, according to the Tribune. He is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm. 

Visit the Chicago Tribune website to read the full story.

Evan Craig February 16, 2013 at 06:25 PM
I came within inches of the same fate as that couple last summer. I was walking to work on a sidewalk in Greg's Landing in Vernon Hills when a big SUV with dark tinted windows came roaring out of his garage. If I hadn't seen him coming and stepped back I would have been hit. The driver stopped before continuing out into the street, and when I rapped on his window he looked totally shocked. He obviously hadn't looked or couldn't see through the tinted windows. Many cars and SUVs built today restrict rear vision dangerously, and many owners choose to make the problem worse with tinted windows. Both should be illegal. A rear-mounted video camera is no substitute. IL law says the driver must check and be sure before proceeding.
Evan Craig February 16, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Did the police check to see how high the driver keeps the volume on her radio? How does someone run over two people and not feel or hear anything? iPod? Loud muffler? Crying baby? Poor hearing? Noisy traffic? None are good excuses.
Betty J. Williams February 16, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I agree. We are in the process of trying to buy a new car and a lot of the cars I rule out because the view from the back window is not adequate. I am 61 years old and wear glasses and I need the best view possible. I will be buying a car equipped with a rear-mounted camera, but there is no substitute for checking and double-checking before backing up. Many people walk randomly behind cars backing up in grocery store parking lots too. So many times people walk behind my car when I have my car in reverse and have the brake lots on. I think they are risking their safety by "hoping" that I see them. Crazy. Are they in that big of a hurry? Sure would slow them down if they got hit! It is my opinion that too many people are thinking about where they are going and what they need to buy instead of paying attention to the cars in the parking lots.
David Greenberg February 17, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Use your eyes, use your mirrors, turn your head, use the cameras... And even though people don't like to hear this - the PEDESTRIANS need to be aware of their surroundings as well. I've always proceeded on the assumption that drivers CAN'T see you. Even when I'm at a crosswalk, unless I'm making eye contact with the driver, I just wait for them to pass... Several times per day I see pedestrians who are walking in the street WITH traffic, instead of against it. Oh, and there's a sidewalk about 5 feet away... go figure. I see people walking in the street at night wearing DARK clothing... Typically they're extremely difficult to see. IF they'd be wearing something light colored, anything - it'd be nice... Bicyclists with no reflectors, lights, or anything. Dark clothing... Kids who jet out into the street either on or off a skateboard... I'm actually surprised that we don't hear about more incidents...
Javi Javs February 17, 2013 at 05:27 PM
The best way to go is with a vehicle that has a rear view camera and rear sensors. The rear sensors detect any foreign matter alerting the driver. But always use caution as well.
jim February 18, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Have people that have a problem seeing people on sidewalks considered BACKING THERE CAR INTO THE GARAGE OR PARKING SPACE.
jim February 18, 2013 at 03:06 AM
I agree David Pedestrians need to be alert also.
David Greenberg February 18, 2013 at 04:18 AM
I think the problem would be pretty much the same for them backing in as for backing out :-) Coming out of the garage/driveway might be a bit safer, but if there's foliage in the way blocking the view at the driveway end, that might still not be the case.
Procrustes' Foil February 19, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Thank you, posters, for this intelligent and thoughtful discussion. That is so rare on the Patch. For years now, I have backed my car into my garage and all parking spaces (especially in store parking lots). Backing up really forces you to slow down and look at what you're doing.


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