Mayor: Girl’s death not caused by po­lice chase

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY FRAN SPIELMAN AND TOM SCHUBA Staff Re­porters

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.

Da’Karia Spicer

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