Lawsuit says cops responsible for death of woman in crash during chase
BY LUKE WILUSZ Staff Reporter June 14, 2013 12:56AM
Chicago Police Dept. mug shot of Timothy Jones
The estate of a woman who killed when her vehicle collided with a police car during a chase last month has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Chicago and the two officers involved in the crash.
Gwendolyn Jones-Kennedy filed the suit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court as special administrator of the estate of Jacqueline Jones Reynolds, who was killed in the crash.
The officers were pursuing a home-invasion suspect on the morning of May 8 when their vehicle collided with Reynolds’ vehicle in the 2400 block of East 76th Street, Chicago Police said.
Reynolds, 59, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
The suit claims that the officers are responsible for Reynolds’ death, alleging that they drove recklessly, ignored traffic signals and failed to activate their vehicle’s emergency lights and siren during the chase. The four-count lawsuit is seeking more than $150,000 in damages for Reynolds’ death and for suffering she endured before she died.
A representative for the City of Chicago’s law department was not immediately available to comment on the suit Thursday night.
Timothy Jones, 20, of the 12500 block of South Union, was charged with murder on May 10 in connection with Reynolds’ death. He also faces one count of home invasion, one count of leaving the scene of an accident and one count of fleeing police officers, according to a statement issued by Chicago Police after his arrest. Jones’ next court date is scheduled for June 26.