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Woman killed, officers injured in South Side traffic crash

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Jacqueline Reynolds' last words to friend: Watch for my UPS package. She left this note on the door. Jacqueline Reynolds' last words to friend: Watch for my UPS package. She left this note on the door.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A motorist was killed when the vehicle she was driving collided with a Chicago Police car pursuing a suspect Wednesday morning on the South Side.

The officers responded shortly before 10:20 a.m. to a call of a home invasion with a firearm in the 7800 block of South Ellis Avenue, police said.

The officers spotted a suspect on their way to the home, police said. The police vehicle later collided with another vehicle in the 2400 block of East 76th Street -- about two miles from the armed home invasion.

Two police officers and a woman driving the other car were initially taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

The woman, 56-year-old Jacqueline Reynolds, was pronounced dead, police said. The officers were in "stable" condition.

After the initial collision, the car struck a third vehicle, police said. A male in the third vehicle was hospitalized in "stable" condition and a female fled from the scene.

Lavonia Noble-King said her day has been surreal after learning about what happened just blocks from her home, where her dear friend was killed.

"Some detectives came to the door," says Lavonia Noble-King. "He asked could he come upstairs and he started walking with me. I saw he had her purse and knew then something, you know…he said it was an accident."

One man, who did not want his name used, said he was troubled by what he overheard police say to paramedics.

"I could overhear the police sergeant asking the paramedics why can you not revive her," the witness explains. "They said cause she's already DOA when we arrived. Well, we need her alive, we need her alive."

He and others questioned whether police needed to be traveling so fast through the neighborhood.

It's not clear who had the light, but Reynolds' friend is frustrated with police.

"I think that they're instrumental in me losing my friend and her losing her life this morning simple as that," Noble-King says.

Friends say Reynolds was a legal secretary, who they will remember for her infectious smile.

"Very active in Trinity Church in the prison ministry," Noble-King adds. "A lover of people a sharp dresser, that was my girl. I am blessed that was my best friend."

Lavonia said Jacqueline Reynolds was on her way to a funeral when the accident happened. Now, they're planning for hers.

Police News Affairs declined to comment on if anybody is in custody.

The police Major Accident Investigation Unit and Area South detectives are investigating.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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