Driver Repeatedly Rams Chicago Woman Into Tree, Killing Her: Cops

Carla Harmon
May 16, 2017

He said the altercation escalated from a Facebook argument. Stapleton fled the scene, but was arrested just a few minutes later, at 11:35 p.m.in the 100 block of West 115th Street, police said.

The two women were in a verbal argument, according to police, when the older woman entered a vehicle and chased the victim down the sidewalk.

Chynna Stapleton, of Chicago, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the gruesome killing of 18-year-old Tatyanna Lewis Friday night. Stapleton then started chasing Lewis with her auto down the street and rammed her at full speed into a tree.


The 24-year-old was taken into custody and charges are pending, police said.

Family members dispute police accounts of what happened, and say it was the other person she was with who shot at the officers. About two hours before the incident, Lewis posted to Facebook: "His bm say she pulling up im on the block right nowwww please don't send me off". "She hit my vehicle backing over the body, and then backed back over the body and got away".

While fleeing the scene, Stapleton crashed into several cars before she was stopped by police and arrested a short distance away.


Lewis, of the Burnside neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. An autopsy Sunday found she died of multiple blunt force injuries from being struck by the vehicle, and her death was ruled a homicide. The woman reportedly had a child in the back of the Jeep Liberty during the attack.

"The diseased girl and her boyfriend were visiting and I guess the other girl, out of jealousy, followed them over here and it escalated over to Facebook, from my point of view", Lewis' friend told the media, even as more questions arose regarding the callous murder crime.

An 18-year old Chicago woman is dead after allegedly being rammed into a tree multiple times by an SUV.


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