Reporting Courtney Gousman
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police are dealing with the loss of one of their own, an off-duty officer was killed Friday night, after her vehicle flipped on the Skyway at 10:40 p.m. Friday.
Thirty-one year-old Shaunda Bond worked in the city’s South Chicago district as a beat cop.
CBS 2′s Courtney Gousman sat down with the officer’s family and discussed her untimely death.
She was a daughter who stuck close to home.
“She was my little angel even though she’s grown,” said Bernadine Bond, Shaunda’s mother.
Shaunda Bond was a Chicago police officer who graduated from the Academy in 2010.
“It was something that she always talked about becoming. As a little girl, she always admired becoming a policeman,” said Bernadine Bond.
Saturday night the officer died after crashing her S.U.V. on the inbound Skyway, near 81st street.
Witnesses say Bond’s Land Rover was traveling at a high rate of speed, when it hit a median and flipped.
Bond was off-duty at the time. Family says she was on her way meet friends.
“They were going to go out to celebrate her little promotion she had gotten, going to the tactical team,” said the mother.
It was Bond’s older sister, also a Chicago Police officer, who discovered the news.
The big sister, a member of the Major Accidents Unit, was on duty preparing to investigate her little sister’s fatal crash.
“I believe that once they found out the name was Bond or something, they didn’t send her,” says Bernadine Bond.
Inside Bond’s district office, officers are dealing with the news.
At Bond’s Bronzeville home, police cruisers guard her apartment.
“It’s very, very rough. It’s hard for me,” says Bernadine Bond.
Shaunda’s father, Wilbert Bond says, “The only thing is I’m going to miss her.”
Bond’s parents tell CBS 2, the officer was preparing to leave Sunday for trip to Thailand.
Investigators say Bond was the only one in her vehicle, and no other cars were involved in the accident. No word on whether the officer was wearing a seatbelt. The crash is still under investigation.