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Fatal Chicago bicycle accident blamed on police pursuit

A 16-year-old has been killed in a hit-and-run Chicago car accident during a police pursuit and the child’s father is questioning the report of the incident by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Police are still looking for the driver of the gray Hyundai Sonata, the Chicago Breaking News Center reported. The car reportedly swerved off Greenwood Avenue near 154th Street and struck the 16-year-old as he was riding his bike. The impact of the bicycle accident launched the teen into oncoming traffic.

On Monday, the victim’s father questioned why the driver was traveling more than 70 mph if deputies behind the vehicle were never going faster than 35 mph, as authorities contend. He believes a high-speed chase was responsible for his son’s death.

Authorities report the car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it passed an unmarked police cruiser on the Bishop Ford Freeway shortly before 8 p.m. The sheriff’s office said officers did not give chase, but did exit the freeway and remain behind the vehicle. The vehicle reportedly sped away when officers hit the emergency lights.

A Dolton police squad car attempted to box in the fleeing car as it sped south on Greenwood. The car then hit another vehicle and swerved off the road, where it struck the victim, Kenyatta Brack.

The victim and a friend had been riding bicycles to meet the victim’s mother, who was getting off the bus after work just a few miles from the crash scene.