Two Children Killed, Four More Injured After Police Speed Chase; Driver Faces Murder Charges

| by Nathaly Pesantez

A police chase in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday has left 2 children dead and four people injured. 

Makiah Jackson, 3, and her brother Michaelangelo Jackson, 6, were instantly killed during the chase as they stood outside their home, according to Voice of Detroit. 

Fox News reports that police were chasing a Chevy Camaro, which later struck and killed the children. 

A family friend of the two children said the police made the car lose control. 

“[The police] were right on their rear, the police car bumped their tail a little bit, and the car flew up in the air,” the family friend said to Voice of Detroit. 

The car reportedly dragged the two children some distance down the street and eventually injured three children and a 22-year-old, according to The Free Thought Project. 

The Camaro’s driver, 29-year-old Lorenzo Harris, and his passenger were arrested after the crash. Harris was charged with two counts of second-degree murder on Friday.The Wayne County prosecutor's office has also charged Harris with fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, carrying a concealed weapon, leaving the scene of an accident after causing death, and other charges, reports Fox News.

Police and eyewitnesses offer conflicting accounts of the incident, with Chief Craig alleging that the police suspended their chase after losing sight of the car, while eyewitnesses deny Craig’s claim, according to the Voice of Detroit. 

Chief James Craig said police are investigating the chase and whether officers followed proper procedures. 

The chase began after an officer reported seeing someone inside the Camaro with a firearm, according to Fox News. Chief Craig said the total time of the chase was 62 seconds, and the distance covered was less than two miles, with the Camaro going at an average speed of 95 mph. 

Harris is on parole for a 2006 case involving methamphetamine possession. On Feb. 25, 2014, he was listed as absconding by state Corrections authorities. 

Sources: Fox News, Voice of Detroit, The Free Thought Project
Photo Credit: Voice of Detroit