Suspect in Beloit woman’s death released from hospital, arrested

40-year-old allegedly hit woman with vehicle while fleeing from police May 11
Suspect in Beloit woman’s death released from hospital, arrested
934 10th Street, Beloit

The man accused of fatally hitting a woman with his car while fleeing from police has been arrested after being discharged from the hospital, Beloit police said.

Christopher Rutherford, 40, was discharged from Mercy Hospital in Janesville Tuesday, and was subsequently arrested for first-degree reckless homicide, felony fleeing resulting in death and on an arrest warrant for theft, according to a release.

The incident happened around 7:40 p.m. on May 11 in the 900 block of 10th Street in the city of Beloit.

Officers responded to a residence in connection to an unwanted person complaint, police said. When they arrived they attempted to take Rutherford into custody, but he got away from police and fled the scene in a vehicle.

While pulling away Rutherford hit Sheila Rosenbaum, 47, and police fired a number of rounds from their duty weapons at the fleeing vehicle.

Rutherford allegedly then sped down the block, crashing his van on Roosevelt Street and running away.

Police said officers tried to perform life-saving efforts on Rosenbaum. However, Rosenbaum died at an area hospital after she was taken there by Beloit paramedics.

Rutherford’s daughter Lorraine said that her father and Rosenbaum had been dating, but had broken up a few weeks before the incident.

Officials believe Rutherford will make his initial court appearance Wednesday.