10-year-old girl on way to pick up school lap­top killed by car flee­ing traf­fic stop

Her brother, 5, taken to hospi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion

Chicago Sun-Times - - FRONT PAGE - MADE­LINE KEN­NEY AND LUKE WILUSZ RE­PORT,

A 10-year-old girl — killed af­ter po­lice say a car flee­ing a traf­fic stop crashed into the car she was in — was head­ing to school to get a com­puter to use for re­mote learn­ing, which starts next week, her mom said.

Dar­ne­sha Johnson said her daugh­ter, Da’Karia Spicer, and son, Dhaamir, were on their way to get a lap­top for the girl when the crash hap­pened in Gre­sham on the South Side. Dhaamir, 5, is now in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

“Worst day of my life,” Johnson told re­porters.

Po­lice said of­fi­cers tried to pull over a black sedan for a traf­fic vi­o­la­tion at 12:27 p.m. near 80th and Hal­sted streets.

The car took off head­ing west and hit a gray car headed north­bound on Hal­sted and a tan sedan that was pulled over on west­bound 80th, po­lice said. Three peo­ple then got out of the black car and ran.

Da’Karia, who was in the tan sedan, was taken to Comer Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and pro­nounced dead, po­lice said.

Her brother was also taken to Comer in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, po­lice said. The driver of the tan car, a 43-year-old man, was taken to the Univer­sity of Chicago Med­i­cal Cen­ter in good con­di­tion.

The 57-year-old woman driv­ing the gray car also was taken to the Univer­sity of Chicago Med­i­cal Cen­ter in good con­di­tion.

Johnson said Dhaamir has a gash to his head that doc­tors stitched up, but no head trauma. She also said her son was in­tu­bated be­cause he had trou­ble breath­ing.

Johnson said her daugh­ter was start­ing fifth grade at Fos­ter Park Ele­men­tary School and was a straight-A stu­dent. She also was “her lit­tle cheer­leader” and loved Girl Scouts.

“That was my lit­tle girl, that was my lit­tle best friend,” Johnson said as tears rolled down her face. “She was just so lov­able, any­body she’d meet or got to know her loved her. And they just took my baby away from me like that. “It’s just sad, it’s just sad.”

The Chicago Po­lice Depart­ment re­leased a state­ment call­ing the ac­ci­dent a “dev­as­tat­ing loss of life.”

“Our sin­cer­est con­do­lences go out to the fam­ily and all those im­pacted by this tragic in­ci­dent,” the state­ment said.

Area Two de­tec­tives are ques­tion­ing a per­son of in­ter­est in the crash, po­lice said.

The Civil­ian Of­fice of Po­lice Ac­count­abil­ity is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Although po­lice did not re­lease de­tails on whether of­fi­cers pur­sued the ini­tial car for any dis­tance, Mayor Lori Light­foot an­nounced she was for­mu­lat­ing poli­cies to limit po­lice chases af­ter a woman was killed dur­ing a pur­suit ear­lier this year. Made­line Ken­ney is a Sun-Times staff re­porter. Luke Wilusz is a CST Wire re­porter.

Da’Karia Spicer (right) was killed, and her brother Dhaamir, 5, is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Da’Karia Spicer was killed, and her brother Dhaamir was taken to Comer Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

TYLER LARIV­IERE/SUN-TIMES

De­bris left over from a Wed­nes­day car crash that killed 10-year-old Da’Karia Spicer in the 8000 block of South Hal­sted Street.

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