We are continuing to investigate a fatal crash that claimed the life of an 18-year-old man on the city’s West Side Friday night.
At 7:53 p.m., we were dispatched to the 800 block of Taylor Ave. for a report of a vehicle burglary in progress after a resident received an alert on his phone detecting motion in his back yard. He reported that, on the app, he saw an African-American male standing near his vehicle deep in the driveway behind his house.
The resident walked outside and saw the man along with two others, running from his home. Upon response to the area, officers saw three men matching the description of those seen by the resident, standing near a different car on Russell Ave., just a couple of blocks away. The officers shined their spotlights on the men and they all took off running into the back yards on Russell. The officers got out of their squad and tried to follow the suspects but they lost sight of them.
Shortly thereafter, a woman driving in the area of Indian Trail and Highland Ave. saw two males running across Highland. She observed a third male emerge from the back yards and run into traffic on Highland, where he was struck by a passing 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 40 year old Aurora woman. The witness saw two APD squad cars in the area and flagged them down to advise them. That is when the two officers discovered Demaszjae Miller, 18, of the 800 block of N. View St. in the roadway suffering from critical injuries. They immediately called for Aurora Fire Department Paramedics who transported Miller to an Aurora Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:05 p.m.
It is believed that Miller and the two others, who still are unknown to police, were the same subjects seen by the resident on Taylor who originally called 911.
It should also be noted that while at the hospital, family members of the deceased became irate. One family member, a female, battered one of our Sergeants and was charged. Two other family members were observed by Hospital Security jumping on top of a squad car and shattering the windshield (See picture). Those two individuals, a juvenile male and male adult were also apprehended and charged. The squad car was towed from the hospital. There were no injuries to the officers or others.
The woman who struck the suspect was driving with her 14 year old son. She was cooperative, showed no signs of impairment, and was not charged; nor are charges expected to be brought against her. She was treated at the scene by Paramedics for a panic attack. She did not require hospital transport. Her son was not injured.
The Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team and the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force are working with the Aurora Police Department on the investigation.
A statement from Chief Kristen Ziman in reference to last night's tragic crash:
"Last night just before 8:00 p.m., APD responded to a report of suspects breaking into cars in the 800 block of Taylor Ave. When police arrived on the scene, they were attempting to gather the facts and a witness advised APD that the car burglars were running through the backyards. One of the suspects, the 18 year old man,ran into the street on Highland Ave., and into the path of a passing vehicle and was struck. Unfortunately, that young man passed away from his injuries.
APD did not shoot anyone.
APD wasn't pursuing anyone.
APD did not strike the man with a squad car.
Facts matter, friends. We are so sorry that a life was lost but I will not allow misinformation to be circulated.
Please keep the family of the 18-year-old in your thoughts as well as the driver of the vehicle. This is a terrible tragedy.