CHICAGO - The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has released video footage of a crash that killed a woman and an off-duty Chicago Police officer following a police pursuit in June.
On-duty officers in an unmarked police vehicle shortly before 1 a.m. on June 27 saw 32-year-old Officer Taylor Clark driving his personal SUV near Roosevelt and Independence, authorities said at the time. Clark had finished his shift about 10 minutes earlier and was driving to his girlfriend’s home.
Clark drove his SUV through the intersection of Roosevelt and Kostner at “a high rate of speed” and collided with a car driven by 27-year-old Chequita Adams, authorities said. Adams was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 1:27 a.m., while Clark died at Stroger Hospital at 2:55 a.m.
The newly-released footage shows Clark’s SUV headed westbound on Roosevelt, while Adams’ car travels north on Kostner. The SUV can be seen running a red light, striking the passenger side of the car and sending both vehicles into a light pole on the northwest corner of the intersection, near a gas station. A police vehicle with its lights flashing can be seen pursuing Clark’s SUV.