The family of an 11-year-old boy who was killed when a car thief fleeing from police crashed has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department.
Donovan Turnage’s death on Dec. 21 was an “entirely preventable” tragedy that would have been avoided if police hadn’t given chase on a crowded street in the middle of the day, an attorney for the Turnage family said Monday.
Turnage, a student at Morrill Math & Science School, was thrown from his father’s SUV in Englewood when it was hit at 55th and Halsted by a stolen car that police say was being driven by serial offender Rockie Douglas.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, the Turnages’ attorney, Martin Dolan, alleged that the police who were pursuing Douglas at the time of the accident were not using their siren and violated city policy by pursuing Douglas in a high-speed chase through crowded streets.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages in excess of $50,000.
The city’s law department declined to respond, saying it had not yet seen the lawsuit.
But the incident prompted a major manhunt in December, which ended with the capture of Douglas at a McDonalds drive-thru in Milwaukee.
Nicknamed “Scribbles,” Donovan “was a smart, beautiful boy who was loved by everyone who knew him,” his mother, Annette Turnage, said in a news release.
“A child’s life was cut short by something that never should have happened in the first place. I want justice for my son. No family should have to endure this kind of heartbreak.”