Speeding driver charged with reckless homicide in death of 1-year-old girl, Chicago cops say

Source: Chicago Police Department; GoFundMe

Jun. 10 2021, Published 4:30 p.m. ET

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A speeding driver in Chicago, who crashed into several cars last month and killed a 1-year-old, has been charged with reckless homicide, according to police.

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Damien Davis, 35, was speeding in a Chrysler shortly after midnight on May 27, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

Davis slammed into a double-parked Toyota sedan, where Jamyah Harris, 1, was sitting along with two other people, police say.

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The car then “flipped over, hit a truck and then a tree,” Martha Gaston told the Chicago Sun Times. She was in one of the other cars that were damaged by the crash.

After hitting the Toyota, the driver of the Chrysler hit several parked cars. He then jumped out and ran away, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

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Jamyah was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The two other women in the car refused medical attention.

“She didn’t deserve this,” Jamyah’s grandmother Rachel Harris said at a news conference after the crash. “You took a hole and put it in her (mother’s) heart.”

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A $5,000 reward was issued for the arrest and conviction of the driver. It wasn’t immediately clear if the tip led to Davis’ arrest this week.

Davis was arrested on June 9, police say. He is also charged with misdemeanor driving with a revoked license and speeding 35 mph over the speed limit, according to the Chicago Sun Times.


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