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2-year-old boy flown to hospital after being intentionally hit by car in Waukegan

Zaria Greenlee, 20, of Chicago

A 20-year-old Chicago woman is in custody after police said that she struck a 2-year-old boy, his grandmother and his uncle with a car in Waukegan Tuesday evening.

The Waukegan Police Department was called at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to a home in the 500 block of Helmholz Street for a report of a fight. Police officers arrived and found three people who were struck by a car in what authorities call a “domestically charged incident.”

Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles said that a 2-year-old boy, his grandmother who is in her 40s and his uncle who is in his 20s, was struck by a GMC Envoy SUV driven by Zaria Greenlee, 20, of Chicago.

Chief Walles said that Greenlee arrived at the home and got into a verbal altercation with the mother of the 2-year-old boy. Greenlee then got into the driver seat of her SUV and “began to drive recklessly.” She struck a fence and then hit the grandmother who was holding the 2-year-old boy before then striking the uncle of the boy with her car.

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Greenlee was arrested by police officers after she tried fleeing the scene, Chief Walles added.

The 2-year-old boy was transported to an area hospital where he was diagnosed with internal injuries and airlifted to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The grandmother and uncle were treated with non-life-threatening injuries and released from care.

Greenlee was charged with reckless driving, driving on an expired driver’s license, aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated battery with a weapon and two counts of battery. She is being held on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court again on July 9.


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