An off-duty Chicago police officer was charged Tuesday with reckless homicide in a crash that killed a 35-year-old woman sitting inside a South Side restaurant earlier this week.
Terrance Finley, 24, faces one felony count of reckless homicide with a motor vehicle and one of aggravated driving under the influence resulting in a deadly accident, according to a Tuesday news release from Chicago police.
Finley, who lives in the 1900 block of West 83rd Street, was also accused of a misdemeanor count of DUI and was cited for failing to reduce speed, police said. He is scheduled to appear in bond court on Tuesday.
About 2:45 a.m. Sunday, Finley allegedly drove his black Toyota Corolla into the side of Tony’s Philly Steak in the 1700 block of West 87th Street in Gresham. The vehicle struck Marquita Reed, 35, who was waiting with her friends for their food, police said.
Police said Reed was pinned under the car until first responders freed her and brought her to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy Monday found she died of multiple injuries from an automobile striking a pedestrian, and her death was ruled an accident, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Her friend, a 35-year-old woman, was struck too and brought to the hospital in a neck brace. She also suffered a leg injury, and was reported in good condition, police said.
Finley told investigators he had been driving east on 87th Street when a car going west on 87th turned on South Wood Street and cut him off. He said he swerved to avoid the other car, police said.
Police said Finley registered a blood alcohol level of 0.083, which is over the legal limit of 0.08.
He is a full-time officer who makes an annual salary of $68,616, according to the city employee data portal.