Supt. Johnson Shares Fatal Police-Crash Video With Family

Andy Dahn
May 28, 2019 - 8:52 pm

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A local civil rights attorney says city leadership must learn from a weekend crash that involved several Chicago police vehicles, and claimed the life of an 84-year-old woman.

Attorney Andrew M. Stroth represents the family of Verona Gunn, and recently sat down with Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to view footage from Saturday night's deadly crash.

"We appreciate that Superintendent Johnson took the first step and shared the video," Stroth said. "What was very alarming and disturbing in the video is that you clearly see a marked police van go through a red light and crash with an unmarked police SUV."

That collision near Laramie and Division set off a chain reaction with other vehicles. Gunn was killed, and numerous others, including relatives and 10 members of CPD, were injured.

"From our perspective, this is a defining moment for Mayor Lightfoot and for her administration," Stroth said. "She ran on change and equity. Would this incident have happened in Lincoln Park, Old Town or Rush Street? I don't think so."

Stroth said the family is looking at their legal options as the Civilian Office of Police Accountability investigates the crash.

"We're hopeful that the mayor and police department will utilize this as an opportunity to change the behavior as it relates to police pursuits."