Philadelphia — A car that jumped a curb and crashed into a crowd, killing a woman and three young children, was fleeing a police officer who had tried unsuccessfully to stop the driver but who got stuck in traffic and couldn’t give chase, the police commissioner said Thursday.
“Did a pursuit take place? The answer is no,” police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said during a news conference at police headquarters, pointing to the mug shot of one of two suspects. “The fault belongs to the individual you see here.”
Ramsey said the officer would have been justified if he had chased the driver of the car or a second man, who a witness said had earlier jumped out of the car and stolen a motorcycle at gunpoint.
The driver of the car, Donta Cradock, and the man who fled on the motorcycle, Ivan Rodriguez, have been charged with murder, armed robbery, assault and related offenses, police said.