Ill. Girl, 10, Who Was Picking up Laptop for Remote Learning Is Killed by Car Fleeing Traffic Stop

by San Eli News

A 10-year-old Chicago girl was killed and her younger brother was hospitalized in critical condition after a car allegedly fleeing a traffic stop crashed into their vehicle on Wednesday.

A statement from Chicago police says charges are pending against one suspect, but police have not released the suspect’s name.

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The mother of the victims, Darnesha Johnson, identified the girl as Da’Karia Spicer and her brother Dhaamir Spicer, ABC7 Chicago reports.

According to Johnson, her fiancé was driving the children to their elementary school to pick up a laptop for Da’Karia to use for remote learning.

The police statement says officers were attempting to stop a black sedan for traffic violations near 80th and Halsted Streets when the car allegedly fled the scene. The car allegedly struck two vehicles — including the one carrying Da’Karia and Dhaamir — before three occupants fled on foot.

Da’Karia was pronounced dead at the hospital and Dhaamir was in critical condition, the police statement says.

The kids’ mother said Wednesday was the “worst day of my life,” ABC7 reports. “Never thought I’d get a call that my son is fighting for his life and my daughter is just gone.”

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“I will never be OK. I will never be OK after today. They took my firstborn child,” Johnson said.

She described Da’Karia as a straight-A student who loved the Girl Scouts, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“That was my little girl, that was my little best friend,” she said. “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.”

Chicago police described the incident as a “devastating loss of life” and said both the Major Accidents Investigation Unit  and Civilian Office of Police Accountability will investigate.