After freeing her, the firefighters turned to the trunk of the car, ripping it apart, presumably to make sure there were not any other victims.

Several neighbors were shaken by the violent crash. Byrne noted that it happened about an hour before many in the busy neighborhood typically woke up.

“There’s so many people that walk around here with strollers … people with dogs,” he said.

And as the crash investigation stretched through the morning, the streets filled with joggers, dog-walkers and families pushing strollers, many of whom stopped to gaze on the mangled vehicles.

“It just makes my heart so sad,” said the woman who watched the foot chase. “All for a Range Rover.”

A woman at Adkins’ home said the family did not want to comment. Adkins had worked as a dispatcher since 1996.

Shortly after 11 a.m., a procession of six cars and one ambulance left the hospital for the medical examiner’s office, the lights flashing on police and fire vehicles but the sirens were silent. Loved ones rode in Ambulance 43 accompanying Adkins.

Two hospital employees watched as the solemn journey began.

Tribune reporter Carlos Sadovi contributed.

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