Chicago Teen Charged After Fatal Crash With Vehicle That Was Trying to Flee Police: Prosecutors


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A Chicago teenager has been charged in connection with a fatal road collision on the Near South Side after he crashed into a vehicle that was attempting to flee a traffic stop while allegedly driving more than double the posted speed limit.

Kendall Sprouts, 18, was charged Wednesday with reckless manslaughter involving a motor vehicle and aggravated reckless driving following Sunday night’s crash that left 22-year-old Keyshawn Javon Gray dead.

Sprouts will be held on a $20,000 D bond — meaning he must pay $2,000 to be released from prison — and given permission to return to Minnesota, where he attends and plays soccer at St. Olaf College.

Cook County prosecutors said the collision occurred around 8:00 p.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of South Michigan Avenue, where Chicago police officers stopped a Hyundai Sonata driven by Gray with two other occupants at the internal.

As the officers exited their vehicle and approached the Sonata, that vehicle made a U-turn to try to cross Michigan Avenue, stopping in front of a Jeep Compass – which also had three occupants – which was driving down the same block .

At the same time, Sprouts was allegedly driving his grandmother’s Infiniti G37 southbound in Michigan at what prosecutors described as an “incredibly high speed rate” — reaching about 75 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Sprouts drifted into a left-turn lane in an attempt to get around the stationary police vehicle, narrowly missing officers, prosecutors said, when he slammed into the turning Sonata and crashed into the Jeep and several parked cars.

The Sonata flipped onto its side, prosecutors said, and rescuers had to remove the front windshield to get the occupants out. Gray was taken to Northwestern Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The entire incident was captured on surveillance footage, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said another occupant of that vehicle, an 18-year-old woman, was also hospitalized with multiple injuries including two broken ribs, a spinal fracture, a broken jaw, multiple bruises and hemorrhaging. She remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit.

Sprouts, the third passenger in the Sonata and the three occupants of the Jeep were treated and released from a local hospital, according to prosecutors, who said Sprouts had no alcohol or intoxicants in his system.

Defense attorney Donna Rotunno said the situation was “horribly grim” but noted that the car Gray was driving was allegedly attempting to flee from police when it was fired upon.

“The car that was stopped was not stopped on the curb, the car was stopped almost in the middle of a traffic lane,” he said. “This was a very sad and horrific accident. Whatever happens, my client will have to deal with the aftermath of what happened as part of that incident.

Sprouts is expected to return to court for a hearing on Dec. 12.


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