Crime & Courts

Prosecutors charge driver with chasing after woman wounded in Joliet shooting

Travion Terrell

Prosecutors have charged a man with chasing after a woman who was then shot by a passenger in his vehicle, leading to a crash near the Louis Joliet Mall.

On Tuesday, prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against Travion Terrell, 21, of Joliet, alleging he “recklessly drove” a Chevrolet Malibu on Jan. 15, at a “high speeds and through traffic lights” and “chased a vehicle” driven by a 19-year-old woman.

Prosecutors alleged a passenger in Terrell’s vehicle “discharged a firearm” at the woman, striking her and causing her to “crash her vehicle.”

Terrell was also accused of carrying a 9 mm handgun inside the Chevrolet Malibu on Jan 21. and violating the bond he posted in a 2020 involuntary manslaughter case.

Thus far, Terrell has been officially charged with felony reckless conduct, aggravated reckless driving, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and violation of bail bond.

Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English did not provide further information Tuesday about the Jan. 15 incident. He previously told the Herald-News that Terrell had been arrested as part of the investigation of the shooting. He said the intended target of the shooting is still under investigation.

Officers responded to the shooting in the area of Ring Road and Tonti Drive, which is near the Louis Joliet Mall, Joliet police officials said.

Officers determined that an occupant of a sedan fired a gun on a SUV, striking a 19-year-old female driver, police said.

The SUV then lost control and collided with “an uninvolved vehicle,” English said. This collision then caused that vehicle to strike another vehicle, police said.

The 19-year-old SUV driver was taken to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center for injuries not considered life threatening, police said.

Terrell was apprehended and jailed Saturday in connection with the shooting. He was taken to court the same day for a hearing on his bond, which was set at $250,000.

On July 16, 2020, Terrell was charged involuntary manslaughter of Travion Frazier. He was charged with recklessly shooting Frazier in Crest Hill.

Terrell is scheduled for a plea hearing in that case for Feb. 7.