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$6.5 Million Settlement Approved For Chicago Accident Involving Police Car

Today, The Chicago City Council Finance Committee approved paying $6.5 million to settle a lawsuit resulting from a 2004 accident. The accident caused the death of an 8-year-old boy and injured an 11-year-old girl, both hit by an unmarked police car.

The accident occurred in 2004 when Gregory Jones, 8, and Datondra Mitchell, 11, were crossing Grand Avenue, near Kildare Avenue. They were hit by the unmarked police car; Jones died two days later; Mitchell suffered a fractured skull and lost her hearing for four months.

According to the police officer driving the car, Mark Delboccio, he was in pursuit of a car, with his lights and siren on after seeing a man in a vehicle point a gun at someone. The officer said he was reacting to a quickly evolving situation.

But none of the witnesses saw the car that Delboccio said he was pursuing, and a police investigation failed to locate it. Delboccio also did not get approval for a pursuit from a superior, according to First Asst. Corporation Counsel Leslie Darling.

Under the settlement, set to be voted on Thursday by the full Chicago City Council, the girl, who is now 18, will get $590,000, Darling said. The boy’s family will get the rest.

Additional details can be seen in the July 27 Chicago Tribune story titled “$6.5 million for unmarked car accident that killed Chicago boy, injured girl.”