SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Nearly two weeks after two innocent victims were killed in a multi-vehicle accident involving police, the Los Angeles Police Department released a dashcam video showing the moments leading up to the fatal collision.
The four-vehicle pile-up – involving three cars and a tractor-trailer truck – happened just after 4 a.m. on August 19 at the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Broadway, according to police.
An LAPD spokesman initially said officers did not give chase when the crash happened, but a preliminary police report later released by the agency said officers were pursuing the suspect.
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Officers had attempted to stop the suspect’s green Cadillac after seeing him heading west onto Manchester, but the driver refused to stop, the LAPD said.
The collision happened shortly after as the vehicle ran a red light and collided with the others, police said. The force of the impact threw the victim’s car into the trailer.
The victim’s families said the newly released video that was posted on the police YouTube channelconfirmed that the police were pursuing the suspect.
Janisha Harris (35) and Jamarea Keyes (38) died in the crash.
“At the end of the day, you have two innocent people who lost their lives in something that could have been prevented,” said Tanya Keyes, wife of Jamarea Keyes.
In a statement provided to ABC7 last week, the LAPD said: “Several hours after the initial investigation and with further review through the chain of command, it was determined that officers tracked the suspect’s vehicle for 15 seconds before disengaging before the.” Collision. All related reports of this incident reflect an investigation at the multidisciplinary collision investigation team level and a follow-up report.
The suspect, who has since been identified as Matthew Sutton, fled the scene on foot and was taken into custody shortly thereafter, authorities said.
“Because the driver of the Cadillac refused to stop and continued to accelerate away from officers, officers turned off their police vehicles’ emergency lights and sirens, indicating that they would no longer attempt to stop the vehicle,” said LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz, as she narrated the dashcam video of the incident.
The victim’s family members said dashcam video showed officers turning off their sirens just seconds before the fatal accident.
They say their loved ones would still be alive if there hadn’t been persecution and say watching the video proves it.
“I can’t really say it’s a closure, but at least we have the truth,” Tanya Keyes said. “They have lied on a number of occasions and I just want them to own up to what they have done and just be fair.”
The families of the victims said they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the LAPD.
Meanwhile, Sutton faces seven felonies over the accident, including gross negligent manslaughter while intoxicated.
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