Cops seek Beach Park man in carjackings, crash that killed boy
BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporter December 22, 2013 4:18PM
Updated: January 24, 2014 6:22AM
A Beach Park man wanted by Chicago, state and federal authorities for a series of carjackings this weekend allegedly fled police Saturday and crashed into an SUV in Englewood, killing an 11-year-old boy from the South Side, police said.
Rockie Douglas, 34, is also a suspect in a number of other robberies and “criminal incidents” from Chicago into Wisconsin, according to a joint press release from the Illinois State Police and the Chicago Police Department. They said he may be driving a light blue 2007 four-door Honda Accord, with the license plate X144777.
The carjackings began Friday, police said, when Douglas allegedly stole a green Dodge Caravan at about 11:20 a.m. in the 800 block of West Irving Park Road by forcibly removing the victim from the van.
Then, about noon Saturday, police said officers tried to pull Douglas over in that stolen Dodge Caravan, but he fled and crashed into an SUV in the 5500 block of South Halsted.
That crash killed 11-year-old Donovan Turnage and seriously injured his father, authorities said.
Douglas got out and carjacked a second vehicle near the scene of the crash and fled, according to the press release. But that second hijacked vehicle broke down on a ramp from Interstate 294 to westbound Interstate 88, police said.
A concerned motorist tried to help Douglas there, police said, but Douglas took that person’s 2007 Honda Accord and was last seen driving west on I-88. In at least one of the carjackings, he displayed a blue steel handgun.
State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said charges have not yet been filed against Douglas, but Chicago police confirmed warrants for his arrest are outstanding.
Meanwhile, the family of the young boy killed in the crash Saturday struggled to cope with his loss just days before Christmas.
His mother, Annette Turnage, stood on the front porch of her brick bungalow Sunday, where she said she was “just getting air.”
“Just thinking about my baby,” she said. “That’s all. Just thinking about my baby.”
She had been doing her own last-minute Christmas shopping when the crash happened, she said. The boy’s father and older brother also were in the car, all on their way to get Christmas haircuts.
She said her son loved his video games and “touched everybody.” She said he would have unwrapped a TV and tablet on Christmas Day.
Everybody loved him, she said. And he’d hug you in a minute.
“That’s my baby,” Annette Turnage said. “My little buddy.”
Annette Turnage has said Donovan was in the back seat of the family SUV, but “the impact was so hard it threw him out the back passenger window.” He was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital at 1:35 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The Chicago Police Department’s Traffic Review Board is expected to review the pursuit that led to the crash, just as it does for all police chases, CPD spokesman Adam Collins said. He said officers decide whether to pursue suspects based upon the perceived threat to the community.