Two suspects have been named in a retail theft excursion on Monday, March 6, 2023 that began about 3:30 p.m. at Ulta Beauty in the Hawthorn Hills Square shopping center in Vernon Hills, and ended in a life-threatening crash at Route 60 and St. Mary’s Road in Mettawa just before 3:45 p.m.
Kaniyah A. Williams, age 25, of Chicago and Jariah Terrel, age 24, of Chicago are accused of committing retail theft at Ulta Beauty, 700 North Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills, and then fleeing police officers who arrived in response to the retail theft call.
Kaniyah A. Williams and Jariah Terrel are accused of taking products valued over $5,000 from shelves in the Ulta Beauty store, and then fleeing in a gray 2018 Kia Optima.
CHARGES … …
5’6″ 160 LBS, Age 24
Resisting a Peace Officer
Retail Theft over $300
Retail Theft under $300
Disregard Traffic Control X2
Violation CDL Out of Service
KANIYAH A. WILLIAMS
4’11” 110 LBS, Age 25
Retail theft over $300
Retail Theft under $300
Obstruction of Identification
Resisting a Peace Officer
Vernon Hills police attempted to stop the offenders as they began to flee in the Kia Optima, but Terrell allegedly drove off at a high rate of speed. When the Kia Optima was driven through a red light at Route 60 and the Hawthorn Hills Square exit, police terminated the pursuit.
Police officers reported that the driver of the Kia Optima ran another red light at Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue, and continued eastbound on Route 60. The driver crashed the Kia Optima at the intersection of Route 60 and St. Mary’s Road just one mile east of Milwaukee Avenue in Mettawa.
Video shows that after the crash the driver of the Kia Optima got out of the driver’s seat and checked the back seat of the Kia Optima before police arrived at the scene; or the backseat passenger went to check on front seat occupants and was returning to back seat. Assessing the damage to the driver’s door, the person outside the car was probably the backseat passenger. (VIDEO CREDIT: Lukasz Dawid Maksymilian Szpara) …
Vernon Hills police arrived at the scene of the crash and ordered Terrell to exit the vehicle, but she tried to flee with the vehicle while fencing speared the windshield. terrell allegedly stepping on the accelerator while fencing impaled a front-seat passenger and seriously injured that passenger.
The police officer cut his hand on wreckage as he attempted to remove Terrell from the vehicle. Once Terrell was detained, police and then paramedics turned their attention to giving first aid and emergency medical treatment to a front-seat female passenger. Before paramedics arrived, police used an AED (automated external defibrillator) on the female victim, who was impaled by fence debris.
Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies also responded to the traffic crash with injuries about 3:45 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2023, at the intersection of Route 60 and St. Mary’s Road in Mettawa. Lake County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found three vehicles involved in the crash — a Kia Optima, a GMC Sierra, and a Toyota 4-Runner. Vernon Hills Police Officers who arrived on the scene along with responding sheriff’s deputies performed first aid and utilized the AED on the front-seat passenger of the Kia Optima, prior to the arrival of paramedics.
The driver of the Kia Optima was transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with non-life-threatening injuries; but the front-seat passenger in the Kia, who was impaled by wooden fence debris was transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center suffering critical, life-threatening injuries. A back-seat passenger in the Kia was transported to Lake Forest Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the GMC Sierra, a 34-year-old man of Round Lake Beach, was transported to Lake Forest Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Toyota 4-Runner, a 60-year-old man of Watervliet, Michigan, and his passenger, a 23-year-old man of Riverwoods, were uninjured.
Preliminary investigation indicated a 2018 Kia Optima was traveling eastbound on Route 60. Police immediately confirmed that the occupants of the Kia were involved in a retail theft at Ulta Beauty in Vernon Hills.
Police on scene immediately confirmed that, following the retail theft, the driver of the Kia fled eastbound on Route 60 — driving recklessly at a high rate of speed.
As the Kia approached St. Mary’s Road, the stoplight was red for Route 60 traffic. The driver of the Kia disobeyed the red light, and the Kia was struck by a southbound 2012 GMC Sierra pickup truck. The Kia Optima then left the roadway on the southeast corner of the intersection and careened into a wooden fence. A large piece of fencing went through the windshield of the Kia Optima, and impaled the front-seat passenger.
Following the collision with the Kia, the GMC Sierra collided with a 2016 Toyota 4-Runner, which was facing northbound on St. Mary’s Road in the left turn lane to westbound Route 60.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit. The retail theft remains under investigation by Vernon Hills Police Department.
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