Motorist charged following fatal crash on Lake Shore Drive
A woman was killed and a man seriously injured when their car flipped over on Lake Shore Drive near Sheridan Road on Sept. 3, 2015. A woman was killed and a man seriously injured when their car flipped over on Lake Shore Drive near Sheridan Road on Sept. 3, 2015. An Indiana man is expected in court Sunday afternoon after being accused of causing a traffic crash that claimed the life of a woman as they made their way to a Ravinia concert Thursday night, police said.Christopher L. Peacock, 33, of the 300 block North True Street in Griffith, Ind., is charged with reckless homicide, according to police. Peacock, who was seriously injured in the crash, is slated to appear in at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Sunday afternoon on the charge.Killed was Jillian A. Tsirtsis, who lived in the 12000 block of Connecticut Street in Crown Point, Ind., police said.The accident happened around 7:25 p.m. Thursday in the 5600 block of North Lake Shore Drive near Sheridan Road where Lake Shore Drive ends.Police said the 2000 Chevrolet Colorado pickup was traveling north at a high rate of speed when it hit a barrier wall and flipped over onto a nearby bike path and Tsirtsis was thrown from it. Tsirtsis died at the scene.The pickup came to rest at a "distance well over 200 feet" from the initial impact, according to a police report.Witnesses said the pickup was traveling "in excess of 80-100 miles per hour," in a 40 mile per hour zone, the report said.Peacock, 33, suffered head injuries and was listed in critical condition as of Friday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Tests at the hospital showed he had opiates in his system at the time of the crash, according to the police report.Peacock's father, 58-year-old Clarence Peacock, said by phone at the time that his son lives in Highland and has known the woman since high school. "They both recently reconnected," he said.The couple was headed to Highland Park to see Lenny Kravitz at Ravinia Festival, Peacock said."This is a tough time," Clarence Peacock said.At the crash scene, the woman's body was covered with a cloth north of where northbound Lake Shore Drive curves to go west and ends at Sheridan. Debris from the crash littered the ground for about 100 feet along the northern edge of the road.

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