Mayor: Girl’s death not caused by police chase
Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday pushed back hard when asked whether a crash that killed a 10-year-old girl and critically injured her 5-year-old brother was the latest example of a police chase gone bad.
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 Wednesday in the South
Side Gresham neighborhood.
Police reported the crash happened after officers tried to stop a black sedan for a traffic violation near 80th and Halsted streets. The car took off west and struck two vehicles, including a sedan carrying the two children that was pulled over on westbound 80th. Three people then ran from the black car, police said.
“What I was pushing back on is saying this young girl . . . was killed as a result of a police pursuit. I don’t believe the facts bear that out . . . . There was a very brief — very brief — pursuit by the police that was terminated,” Lightfoot said.
“The investigation is ongoing. So, I don’t want to get ahead of the facts. But conflating that very brief pursuit that was ended, as I understand it, very quickly and what happened subsequently to the police — I don’t think that’s accurate.” Johnson didn’t respond to requests for comment on Thursday.