Texas Women Dies After Slipping into the Chicago River
A woman visiting from Texas died after she slipped into the Chicago River just east of the Michigan Avenue bridge this morning, police said.
Alicia Garnett, 30, of Houston, fell into the icy water shortly before 4 a.m. When firefighters and divers arrived, a woman walked along the edge of the river with them, pointing to a spot in the river.
Firefighters put a ladder down near that spot and a diver climbed into the water. The diver’s flashlight could be seen shining from under large slabs of ice.
The diver found Garnett and pulled her to the edge of the river around 4:15 a.m. Firefighters waiting on the walkway helped pull her out and placed her into an ambulance, which took her to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:20 a.m.