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Lawsuit Claims Oak Park Police Were Reckless In Chase That Killed 2

March 19, 2019 - 8:52 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A lawsuit claims that Oak Park police acted recklessly by chasing a fleeing car that crashed and killed two people in another vehicle in the western suburb.

The family of Pierre Shelton, who died Sunday of injuries from the March 9 crash, are seeking damages from the Village of Oak Park and the driver who was fleeing police, the lawsuit states.

Kendall Harrison, 25, sped off from a traffic stop near South Boulevard and Humphry Avenue and drove west, Oak Park police said at the time.

Harrison’s SUV went through a red light at 10:30 p.m. and struck a car at Ridgeland Avenue and South Boulevard, police said.

The driver of the car, Joy Tyus, 28, died that night, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Her passenger, Shelton, 30, died on March 17, according to police and medical examiner’s office. They both lived in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

Harrison was charged with reckless homicide and driving under the influence, police said. He was ordered held on $800,000 bail. Following Shelton’s death, police said the Cook County state’s attorney’s office was reviewing additional charges.

The lawsuit claims that Oak Park police violated procedures by chasing Harrison with lights and sirens, and that the chase posed a safety risk to the public.

Police denied in a statement that Harrison was being chased by an officer during the time of the crash.

The lawsuit also seeks damages from Harrison for negligence, and for the Village of Oak Park to turn over reports and evidence related to the crash.

The Village of Oak Park did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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