Published On: Fri, Jun 23rd, 2017

Chicago Skyway murder suicide: Chris Pena Lisa Fischer

A man and woman died in a murder-suicide early Wednesday that closed the outbound Chicago Skyway for more than five hours and now police release details on the case, including some autopsy information.

The Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office detailed how Christopher M. Pena, 30, drove east on  the Skyway near the Toll Plaza at 88th Street at 4:11 a.m. when 49-year-old Lisa “LeeLee” Fischer reportedly she told the toll worker that she needed help and said her boyfriend has a gun.

The car kept going and crashed into the concrete wall separating the inbound and outbound lanes of the Skyway just west of the plaza.

Pena was witnessed by an officer on the scene running towards the vehicle with a hand gun and was ordered to stop. He raised the gun and shot himself in the head.

Witnesses confirm that Pena got out of the still-moving car, pulled a gun and fired several shots, striking Fisher multiple times. She collapsed to the pavement.

Crime Scene Tape photo/edited pic from FBI.gov

Fischer, of west suburban Broadview; and Pena, of the West Side Austin neighborhood, were both pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Autopsies Thursday ruled Fischer’s death a homicide, and Pena’s death a suicide.

The eastbound lanes of the Skyway were closed for over five hours, reopening about 10 a.m., police said.

Police said they do not know the motive for the killings.

The tollway worker who was taken to Trinity Hospital suffering from apparent shock.

The Sun Times noted that “Fisher was a graduate of the former Flower Lucy Vocational High School, and worked as a fleet maintenance clerk for Envoy Air at O’Hare International Airport. She had two grown sons and one grandchild.”

photo/Alan Cleaver

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