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Man charged in death of woman killed by police during chase

Timothy Jones/ phoprovided by Chicago Police

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Updated: June 13, 2013 6:37PM

A 20-year-old man who led police on a high-speed chase was charged Friday with the death of a motorist who was struck and killed by Chicago Police officers during the pursuit.

But friends and family of the dead motorist, Jacqueline Reynolds, said she would not have wanted it that way.

“Jackie would not want a 20-year-old to go for the rest of his life with a murder charge under these circumstances,” Reynolds’ best friend, Lavonia Noble-King, told the Sun-Times.

“That doesn’t mean he should not be punished — but not for murdering Jackie. It wasn’t his car that hit Jackie,” Noble-King said.

Reynolds’ sister, Gwendolyn Jones Kennedy, made similar comments to WLS- Channel 7.

Reynolds, 59, was highly religious, volunteered in a ministry that brought children to visit their mothers in prison and has a brother in prison in Texas, Noble-King said.

In addition to murder, Timothy Jones, of the 12500 block of South Union Avenue, was charged with home invasion, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing from police officers and several traffic offenses.

Just before the South Side chase Wednesday, Jones allegedly forced his way into a home armed with a handgun, police said.

The police SUV that stuck Reynolds had its emergency lights flashing, but an investigation will check whether officers correctly followed rules, police said.

At some point during the chase, police collided with Reynolds’ car near the 2400 block of East 76th Street.

A police rule bars chases for minor offenses and requires officers to balance the necessity of immediately apprehending a suspect against the “inherent danger created by a motor vehicle pursuit.”

According to news accounts, the last similar accident occurred in 2004, when a 24-year-old mother of two was killed by a car driven by a man fleeing Chicago police. That man was not charged with murder.

Police are usually immune from damages resulting from the performance of duty, said attorney Matthew Passen of the Passen Law Group. However, if “willful and wanton” misconduct can be demonstrated, courts have allowed police chase cases to proceed, Passen said.

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