A teenage girl accused of fatally attacking an Uber driver with a machete has been hospitalized and missed a scheduled court appearance Wednesday.
Neither prosecutors nor Eliza Wasni’s public defender elaborated on her medical condition or where she’s been admitted for treatment.
Another hearing in Cook County court was scheduled for Wasni for next week, at which point she is expected to enter a plea in the murder of Grant Nelson, 34, of Wilmette.
Authorities allege that Wasni, 16, hacked Nelson to death with a stolen knife and machete on May 30 in Lincolnwood, moments after he picked her up for an Uber ride.
Wasni, of Chicago, has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder. Prior to her hospitalization she was being held in a juvenile detention facility while awaiting trial.
Nelson’s family has filed suit against Walmart. Authorities said Wasni stole the knife and machete from a Walmart in Skokie at about 3 a.m. on May 30, just before requesting the Uber pickup and then getting into Nelson’s car.
Brian L. Cox is a freelance reporter.