UPDATE: Coroner identifies woman killed in Sunday crash that followed police chase

Published: Jan. 16, 2023 at 3:27 PM CST
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UPDATE (6:30 p.m.) - 25 News has uncovered new details about a three-vehicle crash that killed Miriam Schmid, 43, of Edwards, following a police chase on Sunday.

Police said the chase started at the Shell Station in Kickapoo after the driver took off as paramedics were caring for his passenger.

The driver crashed into a squad car and nearly hit deputies as he sped away from the gas station and down Route 150 as police chased him.

A short time later, the driver is believed to be the one whose vehicle hit the two others involved at the intersection of Route 150 and Trigger Road near the Shoppes at Grand Prairie.

Video shot by Briana Ortiz on her phone shows the car is going well over the speed limit with five police vehicles chasing, also at a high speed. The first two SUVs appear to be from the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

25 News on Monday contacted Illinois State Police and the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. So far, those agencies aren’t talking beyond their released statement. 25 News also went to the Shell Station and asked if it had security camera footage, but staffers there declined comment.

Also on Monday, Coroner Jamie Harwood said Schmid was pronounced dead at the scene with blunt force trauma injuries. Authorities said a child who was with Schmid was hospitalized. Two others were also hospitalized.

PEORIA COUNTY (25 News Now) - The Edwards woman killed in a three-vehicle crash at Route 150 and Trigger Road has been identified as Miriam Schmid, who was 43 and lived on Brookmere Street in Edwards.

Coroner Jamie Harwood said an autopsy found Schmid died instantly from blunt force trauma injuries. Schmid was pronounced dead at the scene. Brimfield firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” to remove a child from the wreckage. The child was taken to a local hospital. The woman and child were in a small sedan, according to the Peoria Fire Department.

An adult, who was in a large sedan, was also taken to the hospital, and an occupant in a pickup truck was transported to the hospital for observation, according to the fire department.

Illinois State Police are investigating the crash but provided no new information Monday about what happened.

“The crash is still under investigation and no further information is available at this time,” State Police said.