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Videos show attempted traffic stop that led to fatal Englewood vehicle crash

Videos of the July 10 incident show the moment when the driver of a Chrysler struck a Mitsubishi making a turn.

COPA videos show police on the scene after a Chrysler flipped as it fled a traffic stop July 10, 2019.
COPA videos show police on the scene after a Chrysler flipped as it fled a traffic stop July 10, 2019.
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The Civilian Office of Police Accountability released videos Friday of a fatal crash that happened after the driver of a Chrysler fled a traffic stop in Englewood on the South Side.

Dashcam video from the July 10 incident shows police attempt to pull over a 2015 gray Chrysler about 4:40 p.m. in the 7100 block of South Stewart Avenue. After initially slowing down, the Chrysler weaves past a white van and speeds off, sometimes crossing into oncoming traffic.

It continues eastbound before it collides with a silver-colored Mitsubishi making a left turn at an intersection, causing the Chrysler to flip over.

Bodycam footage shows the aftermath of the crash. On the scene, one man is seen lying under the flipped vehicle, and another man crawls out. He’s visibly shaken telling officers to “Get me away from this s—-.”

Jason Yancey, 23, was in the Chrysler and pronounced dead on scene, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He was partially ejected from the vehicle through the window, according to a police report.

An autopsy found Yancey died of multiple injuries from the crash and his death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner’s office said. He lived in south suburban Dolton.

Donte Thomas, 23, Denzel Washington, 25, and 23-year-old Mario Morgan were also in the Chrysler and were arrested.

Two weapons were found in the car, according to a police report.

COPA spokesman Ephraim Eaddy said the nature of the incident sparked an investigation.

“COPA investigates allegations of police misconduct within its jurisdiction and incidents that occur as a result of police action that result in great bodily injury or fatality,” he said in an email. “In this case because of the circumstances involving the civilians, the Chicago Police Officers and their pursuit of the vehicle, COPA Investigators responded to the scene the night of the incident and launched a full investigation which is currently ongoing.”

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