Arlington Heights police chase ends in fatal crash

Arlington Heights police chase ends in fatal crash
FOX19/Richard Todd
FOX19/Richard Todd

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) - A woman was killed during a police chase early this morning.

A police chase starting in Arlington Heights early Sunday morning ends in tragedy.

Janice Jewett, 40, was killed after she was hit by a man fleeing from police.

The chase started when an Arlington Heights patrol officer spotted a car on Galbraith Road near I-75 around 2:25 a.m. Sunday morning with a license plate linked to multiple warrants.

The officer followed David Hill, 26, eastbound on Galbraith and turned on his lights but Hill refused to stop.

Hill headed southbound on Reading, leading to a pursuit. He struck Jewett at the intersection of Reading and Seymour when he didn't stop at a red light causing her vehicle to flip over. She was ejected and died at the scene. Police say she was not wearing her seatbelt.

"I was real saddened by the news that I heard, and I really couldn't believe it," said Bill Ford, a friend of Jewett's.

David Hill was transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital Medical Center with serious injuries. Police say he was also not wearing a seatbelt.

"She's definitely a very, very family-oriented person.  That's the person that I knew.  We didn't spend a lot of time together, but when we did, it was always real, real positive.  Always very, very favorable.  You can tell that anyone that she pretty much interacted with, people loved her," said Ford.

Ford says he and Jewett both work in the same field: helping those with developmental disabilities.  He says the place where he works had some openings coming up, and he immediately thought of one person.

"I knew there were going to be some positions open, and she's one of the first people that I was thinking of approaching about the position.  This was just no more than a couple of days ago.  I guess I can't do that now," Ford said.

It's that harsh reality that's becoming hard to face.

"It still hasn't really soaked in yet.  It hasn't really registered because the last time I saw Jan, she was full of smiles," Ford told FOX19.

It's a smile present in nearly every photo on Jewett's Facebook page.  It's a smile that won't be forgotten.

"I'm just going to miss seeing her smile.  Every time I saw her, I always saw her smile," Ford said.

FOX19 has contacted the Arlington Heights Police Department for Officer Drew Jones' personnel file, and a copy of their policy on chases, and expect an answer in the coming days.

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